Lichfield City’s first woman Councillor, Mayor and Alderman
Born in Edinburgh, Daisy moved to Lichfield with her GP husband in 1905. Before she married, she had been a nurse in Edinburgh. Daisy then worked at the Victoria Cottage Hospital in Sandford Street, Lichfield. At the start of the First World War, Daisy worked as Voluntary Aid Detachment Red Cross Nurse at Freeford Manor, which was a military hospital for wounded soldiers. Due to the Representation of the People Act in 1918, she was able to stand for election in South Ward and was elected to Lichfield City Council in November 1919, then re-elected in 1923. She remained as a councillor for over 20 years and worked hard for the rights of women, especially those who were widowed or on low income, the welfare of children, and housing reform. Daisy served as Mayor for one year from 1927 to 1928. In recognition of her service to Lichfield, she was appointed Alderman of the City in 1938. Daisy and her husband continued to be supporters of the Victoria Cottage Hospital and its successor, which was situated near to the Bowling Green island. Both worked long hours there. Daisy retired in 1945 and died in Scotland in 1955.