Prior to her World War I-era execution at the hands of German Soldiers, she ushered close to two hundred Allied troops to safety during the German Occupation of Belgium. As a nurse, she remained impartial, treating the battle wounds of Soldiers on both sides of the conflict.
After completing her nurse's training at the London Hospital and subsequently heading a Belgian nursing school called L'École Belge d'Infirmières Diplômées, she began publishing a professional nursing publication titled L'infirmière.
Before devoting her life to the nursing profession, she worked as a governess in Brussels, Belgium.
She and her three siblings were raised in the village of Swardeston, Norfolk, England, by an Anglican minister father.