Sister Catherine Black: ‘King’s nurse, Beggar’s nurse.’

Chatterton, Claire (2017). Sister Catherine Black: ‘King’s nurse, Beggar’s nurse.’. Bulletin of the UK Association for the History of Nursing., 6 pp. 50–51.



Sister Catherine Black had a long and interesting nursing career. She worked as a nurse throughout the First World War, both on the home front (where she worked with the pioneering plastic surgeon, Harold Gillies)and in base hospitals and casualty clearing stations on the Western Front. Towards the end of her career, she became the private nurse of King George V, nursing him until his death in 1935. This article gives an overview of her life and nursing career.

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