HONEYMOON AT FRONT
NURSING DUCHESS AND SOLDIER HERO. Out of the turmoil of war there has emerged details of a pretty romance. It centres round two people, one of whom is the Dowager Dueness of Sutherland, a lady famous for her many accomplishments, and latterly for the good work she has been doing at the front on behalf of our soldiers. The duchess was married a few days ago to Major Percy Desmond Fitzgerald,’an officer in the 11th Hussars, the ceremony taking place at the little Catholic church of St. Joseph’s, at Roehampton, near St. Serf’s House, which has been tho duchess’s residence for some time. Clergy attached to Manresa House performed the ceremony, and tho service was of tho quietest description. Tho bride has just left England to resume her work o! mercy as a Red Cross nurse among the wounded soldiers of the allied armies, to whom she had already endeared herself, for, when Germany declared war upon France, her Grace went to tho front as a Red Cross nurse with an ambulance which had been equipped in the most modern fashion at her own expense. At the siege of Narnur the duchess not only superintended the care of the wounded, but also personally rendered valuable service as a nurse. Her devotion to tho sick and wounded was the subject of great praise. A few weeks ago, on returning to England, she reported to the Red Cross Society the result of her experience on the battlefield, and it is stated that a number of her recommendations with regard to medical equipment and other matters are now being given practical effect. The eldest daughter of the fourth Earl of Rosslyn, she was married in 1884 to the fourth Duke of Sutherland, by whom she had two sons, of whom the survivor is the present Duke of Sutherland. He was horn in 1885. Her Grace, who was always deeply interested in social and economical conditions, visited the potteries at the time when lead-poisoning was so common, and she at once instituted a movement which resulted in a Government inquiry. In continuance of her interest in the district, she also became president of the Potteries Cripples’ Guild. Her literary activities are well known. She is tho authoress of several books, including short stories and a plav. Major Percy Desmond Fitzgerald, her husband, is the staff officer to the Second Mounted Division. Ho is a son of the Hon. N. Fitzgerald, of County Galway, Ireland, where he was born in 1873. He obtained his early education at Oscott Roman Catholic College, and in 1893 ho joined the 11th (P.A.0.) Hussars, being gazetted two years later as lieutenant. During the South African war he was four times mentioned in despatches, and was subsequently decorated for distinguished service in Ladysmith and in the Transvaal. Since then he has resided chiefly in London, and is a well-known member of the Cavalry Club.
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HONEYMOON AT FRONT, Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914