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Dame Joanna Margaret Cruickshank DBE RRC (1875 – 16 August 1958) founded the Royal Air Force Nursing Service in November 1918 and served as its first Matron-in-Chief.[1] In November 1930 she retired as Matron-in Chief a post she had held since 1921.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Joanna Margaret Cruickshank was the second daughter of William Cruickshank. She served as sister in the Lady Minto Nursing Association and later in the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS).

In 1940 Cruickshank was named Commandant of the Rushen Women's and Married Internees Camp on the Isle of Man, and later succeeded by a Detective Inspector Cuthbert of New Scotland Yard.[2]

Dame Joanna Cruickshank died at age 82 in 1958.

Honours and legacy[edit | edit source]

She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1931. The Dame Joanna Cruickshank Ladies Singles tournament (Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service) is named in her honour.

References[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Cuthbert, C. R., Papers of the Commandant of Rushen Women's and Married Internees Camp 1941- 1945 Detective Inspector Cuthbert of New Scotland Yard succeeded Dame Joanna Cruickshank as Commandant. This small deposit contains two volumes of UK and IOM newspaper cuttings relating to internment as well as letters and greeting cards from internees. (Archive Reference# MS 11196)

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