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Loch, Catherine Grace

With deep regret we record the death on July 1st of Miss Catherine Grace Loch, R.R.C., daughter of the late Mr. George Loch, Q.C.

Miss Loch was widely known in the nursing world, and greatly beloved by a wide circle of fellow-workers, both at home and in India, where her great work in connection with the Indian Army Nursing Service was duly appreciated.Miss Loch was a pioneer nurse, trained at the Royal Hants County Hospital in 1879-80. She was appointed a Sister at St Bartholomew's Hospital in 1882, where she worked and won golden opinions until 1888. In that year, the Indian Army Nursing Service was inaugurated, Miss Loch was appointed Lady Superintendent, and, with some half-dozen colleagues from St Bartholomew's Hospital, left for India, where by her charming personality and devotion to duty she overcame many difficulties and helped to place this Service on a sound professional basis.

In 1891, she received the Royal Red Cross and Indian Medal with "Hazara" 1888 clasp for active service on the frontier. Recent years, owing to ill-health, Miss Loch has spent at home, and as a member of a consulting committee in connection with the India Office has done valuable work in helping to select suitable candidates for the Service of which she was so bright an example.


Registration number545
First name(s)Catherine Grace

Station Hospital, Rawal Pindi, Punjab, India

Date of registration28 March 1890

Winchester Infirmary, 1879 - 80
St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1882 - 88
Indian Army Nursing Service, 1888 - 90



Personal details

Date of birth1854
Place of birthBarton-upon-Irwell, Lancashire
Family details

Father: George Loch QC, Barrister at law
Mother: Catherine Loch

Date of death01-Jul-04
Place of deathSurrey
Additional personal details

First name sometimes spelt Catharine
Left Ā£10213 4s 5d.

Professional details

Work experience

Royal Hants County Infirmary, Winchester,1879 - 80
St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1882 - 88
First Lady Superintendent of Indian Army Nursing Service, 1888 to 1902
Member of Consulting Committee in connection with the India Office

Additional professional details

Recruited as Lady Superintendent and, in 1888, went out with a small group of nurses to India, to start Indian Army Nursing Service.
Received Royal Red Cross and Indian Medal with "Hazara" clasp for active service on the frontier in 1891
Wrote paper entitled "The Indian Army Nursing Service" presented at the Nursing Conference, London 4 June 1896
The Subject of "The Memoir of Miss C.G. Loch R.R.C. (late Senior Lady Superintendent of the Indian Army Nursing Service)" by Surgeon Major General A.F. Bradshaw C.B.
Recognised as a leader of Nursing in the Dominions on Scroll of Honour on the Diploma of the British College of Nurses


Kings College London Archives
The Nursing Record, 29 Oct 1891, p223;12 Nov 189,1, p247
The Nursing Record & Hospital World, 18 Nov 1893, p258 & 12 Sept 1896, p204
Professional Review British Journal of Nursing, 9 Dec 1905, p482 - 483
British Journal of Nursing, May 1927, p113 - 114

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