RSS Feed

Lady Margaret Ampthill and the Red Cross

Born lady Margaret Lyon in  1874, third daughter of the sixth Earl of Beauchamp, Margaret married the second Baron Ampthill in 1894.


Lord Ampthill as Knight of King Arthur’s Round Table and Lady Ampthill as a Lady-in-Waiting at the Court of King Arthur at the Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897. Via

In 1900 she was made a Lady of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India, and in 1911 became a lady in waiting to Queen Mary, the lady of the bed-chamber, a position her elder sister had held from 1895.  In 1918 she became a Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire. her husband died in 1935, and during World War Two she became chairman of the War Prisoner’s section of the International Red Cross.


As well as carrying out its traditional activities for prisoners of war – such as visiting camps or setting up a central information agency on the prisoners, as in WWI, they organisation also helped civilians cope on a day-to-day basis with the disorganization resulting from the war, such as the famine in Greece and the food shortages on the Channel Islands. Most enemy nations in Western Europe allowed the Red Cross to carry out its work of supporting those who had been taken prisoner, but the same was not as true in the Pacific and Eastern European nations. At the Changi camp run by the Japanese in Singapore, on average, a POW received a fraction of one food parcel sent by the Red Cross in the three-and-a half years that the camp was open. They also received just one letter per year. The Red Cross was linked to the Geneva Conventions on how captured personnel should be treated and Japan had not signed up to this -attempts by the Red Cross to visit allied soldiers captured by the Japanese army were hampered by the Tokyo authorities’ lack of cooperation.  With over 5 million Prisoners of War during WWII, the Red Cross had a huge job.

Lady Ampthill was made a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1946 for her work during WWII. She died in December 1957, aged 83.


About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Kitten Vintage

Handpainted and vintage furniture and accessories

The Flying Shetlands

Equine Art From Around The World

Cheltenham Road

The adventures of a reluctant crafter

First Night Design

Art, Design, Theatre, Literature, History, Food, Laughter ...

1st Field Company Engineers - Australian Imperial Forces

The stories of the 229 "Originals" who Embarked on the A19"Afric", A6 "Clan McCorquodale", A35 "Berrima" 1914.

Inside the Fashion Doll Studio

Barbie for big girls.


Fine Miniature Couture for Dolls

Color by Klimbim

Gal Gumshoe with M. Ruth Myers

1940s, women, mysteries & more

Collecting cutlery

Interesting topics on cutlery for the collector

Woolies Buildings - Then and Now

What happened to your old Woolworths store?

Logical Quotes

Logical and Inspirational quotes

Out Of My Mind Images

living life with a camera in one hand and a pencil in the other :)

Please Pass the Recipe

from one generation to the next




A great site

%d bloggers like this: