Lady Ethel PerrottLady Ethel Perrott, 1910s

Lady Perrott was the first Lady Superintendent-in-Chief of the St John Ambulance Brigade. This meant that she took charge of all St John nursing divisions. She held this office for 29 years.

During her time, she did much to re-organise the nursing service and improve its efficiency. She kept in touch with divisions by carrying out a huge number of annual inspections, travelling all round the country to visit St John nurses.

During the First World War she was the key coordinator of St John nurses both at home and in Europe, and she mobilised many nursing staff at short notice. She was made a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St John in 1928, its highest honour, in recognition of her voluntary service.

Source: Museum of the Order of St John

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