Sidney Browne

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Sidney Jane Browne
Dame Sidney Browne Rrc- the Matron-in Chief of the T F Nursing Service Art.IWMART2768.jpg
Born (1850-01-05)January 5, 1850
Bexley, Kent, England
Died 13 August 1941(1941-08-13) (aged 91)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Nurse
Known for First President of the Royal College of Nursing

Dame Sidney Jane Browne, GBE, RRC (born 5 January 1850 - died 1941) was the first appointed Matron-in-Chief of the newly formed Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service. After she retired from the QAIMNS (later known as the QARANC) she was appointed as Matron-in-Chief of the TFNS/TNS. Browne was appointed a Dame Grand Cross of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire in 1918.

In 1922 she became the first President of the Royal College of Nursing in 1928.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sidney Browne was born in Bexley.[2] She grew up in a medical family, with a surgeon father and two brothers who were doctors.

Nursing Career[edit]

Browne began her nursing training at age 28, when she began nursing at the Guest Hospital, Dudley.

In 1883, Browne joined the Army nursing service, and was posted to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, as one of only 20 sisters.[2]

See also[edit]

British nursing matrons from the 19th century


  1. ^ "Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service - New Matron-in-Chief" (PDF). The British Journal of Nursing. 60: 20. 12 January 1918. Retrieved 2009-06-21. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b McGann, Susan (2004). "Browne, Dame Sidney Jane (1850–1941)". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Anne Summers, Angels and Citizens. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1988


  • Gazette Issue 27944 published on the 28 August 1906 :"Miss Sidney J. Browne, R.R.C., late Matron-in-Chief, is granted permission to retain the Badge of Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service, in recognition of her long and meritorious service." (dated 28 August 1906)
  • Gazette Issue 31097 published on the 31 December 1918 :"The King has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in and appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for valuable services rendered in connection with the War [World War I];-- To be a Dame Grand Cross of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order: -- Miss Sidney Jane Browne, R.R.C., Matron-in-Chief, Territorial Nursing Service." (dated 31 December 1918)

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Preceded by
President of the Royal College of Nursing
1922 - 1925
Succeeded by
Sarah Swift