Alice Edith, Marchioness of Reading, GBE

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Alice Edith Rufus Isaacs (Cohen)

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Birthplace: Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Cause of death: Cancer
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
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Daughter of Albert Cohen and Elizabeth Cohen
Wife of Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading
Mother of Gerald Isaacs, 2nd Marquess of Reading

Occupation: 1st Marchioness of Reading
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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.

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Alice Edith, Marchioness of Reading, GBE's Timeline

1866
1866
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1889
December 10, 1889
Age 23
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1930
January 30, 1930
Age 64
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
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London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom