Louisa Wilkinson
Dame Louisa Jane Wilkinson, DBE
Order of the British Empire
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Royal Red Cross
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(1889–1968) was Matron-in-Chief of the QAIMNS/QARANC. She joined the QAIMNS Reserves in August 1914. She was briefly married in 1917 but her husband was killed on active duty during World War I
World War I
World War I , which was predominantly called the World War or the Great War from its occurrence until 1939, and the First World War or World War I thereafter, was a major war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918...


Wilkinson became a regular member of the QAIMNS, and saw service during both World Wars. She was appointed Matron in Chief from 1944-48, and after retirement was named Colonel Commandant
Colonel Commandant
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Dame Louisa Wilkinson founded the QARANC Association in 1947.

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