Inglis was born in India but returned to Scotland in 1878 when her father
retired, settling in Edinburgh with her family.
She studied medicine at the Edinburgh School of Medicine for Women and
she also trained at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
Once qualified as a doctor, Elsie was given a teaching post at the New
Hospital for Women by its founder, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and later
established a maternity hospital in Edinburgh staffed entirely by women.
supporter of universal suffrage, Inglis joined the NUWSS and in 1906 and
played an important role in setting up the Scottish Women's Suffrage Federation.
When the First World War started, Dr. Inglis suggested that women's medical
units should be sent to serve on the Western Front. Although the War Office
in Scotland was opposed to the idea, she and her Scottish Women's Hospitals
Committee sent the first women's medical unit to France three months into
1915 the Scottish Women's Hospital Unit had established an Auxiliary Hospital
with 200 beds housed in the 13th century Royaumont Abbey.
In April 1915 Elsie Inglis took a women's medical unit to Serbia and during
an Austrian offensive in the summer she was captured and imprisoned but
was eventually released with the help of the American and British authorities.
During World War I, Inglis had set up fourteen medical units serving in
France, Romania, Serbia, Malta, Corsica, Salonika and Russia. In August
1916 Inglis and another eighty women were financed by the London Suffrage
Society to support Serbian soldiers in Russia.
serving in Russia however, Inglis was taken ill and was forced to return
to Britain. Arriving at Newcastle Upon Tyne on 25th November 1917. Doctors
tried in vain to save her and she died the next day.
true Florence Nightengale, she dedicated her whole life to saving others.