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.
She and German artist Gunta Stolzl both worked as nurses during the World War I years.