Historical records matching Alice Edith, Marchioness of Reading, GBE
About Alice Edith, Marchioness of Reading, GBE
Marchioness of Reading, G.B.E., C.I. She was the first wife of Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, and the daughter of Albert Cohen, a merchant in the City of London. She became Baroness Reading on Rufus' ennoblement in 1914, Viscountess Reading in 1916, the Countess of Reading in 1917, and finally the Marchioness of Reading in 1926. In 1921, Lord Reading was appointed Viceroy of India. She accompanied him to India and, despite continuing poor health, served prominently as Viceregal Consort. She also threw herself into charitable work, particularly with Indian women and children. She established the Women of India Fund in 1921 and National Baby Week in 1923, as well as supporting many existing charities. In 1926 she campaigned to construct a standard hospital in Peshawar, in place of Agerton Hospital. The new hospital was subsequently named as Lady Reading Hospital. She later returned to England with her husband, and was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 1920 civilian war honours and Companion of the Order of the Crown of India (CI) in March 1921, the latter being a traditional honour for the Viceregal Consort. She was awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind Medal in gold in 1924.