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Emily Blair
Born 1892
Died 25 December 1963 (aged 71)
London, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Military nurse
Known for Matron-in-Chief

Dame Emily Mathieson Blair DBE RRC (1892-25 December 1963) was a Scottish nurse and Matron-in-Chief of both the Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service and the British Red Cross Society.[1]

Blair trained at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow and during the first world war served with the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps.[1] When the Royal Air Force was formed in 1918 she moved to the Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service becoming Matron-in-Chief in 1938.[1] During the second world war she was mentioned-in-dispatches.[1]

In 1943 she became Matron-in-Chief of the British Red Cross Society and was responsible supplying trained nurses for service in hospitals and convalscent homes.[1] She was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Blair retired in 1953 but remained a member of the Council of the British Red Cross until she died on 25 December 1963 in a London nursing home.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 27 December 1963. 

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