Mary Murphy was a professional nurse from a Roman Catholic family in Dublin, Ireland. She served at the West Bridgford Military Hospital in Nottingham, England during the First World War where she nursed wounded soldiers. She was also involved with the St John Ambulance Association during the war in Dublin and was very friendly with Naoimi and Letitia Overend, who both held senior positions in that organization. She served with the West Bridgford Hospital from December 1916 to 1919. During her time in the hospital Mary kept an autograph book where she collected messages from the soldiers she nursed, thanking her for the care she showed them. The fact that she kept this for years after the war may suggest that her war service was important to her.
(Information shared by Noelle Ward, great nice, via Europeana 1914-1918.eu)