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Violet Florence Mabel GOETZE, D. B. E.

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Title  Lady 
Suffix  D. B. E. 
Birth  27 Dec 1867  Marylebone, London, Middlesex 
Sex  Female 
Died  25 Sep 1945  Chelsea, London 
Person ID  I1638  Who Do You Think They Were? 
Last Modified  07 Dec 2008 
Father  James Henry GOETZE, b. 7 Sep 1823, St Annes, Soho, Westminster, London 
Mother  Rosina Harriett BENTLEY, b. 1836, Chelsea, London 
Group Sheet  F531  Who Do You Think They Were? 
Family 1  Alfred Moritz MOND, 1st Lord Melchett Of Lanford, b. 23 Oct 1868, Farnsworth, Nr. Widnes, Lancashire 
Married  16 Jun 1894  St. Mark's, Hamilton Terrace, London 
Notes  Married:
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 1. Eva Violet MOND, Marchioness Of Reading, b. 6 Aug 1895, Chelsea, London
 2. Henry Ludwig MOND, 2nd Lord Melchett Of Lanford, b. 10 May 1898, Chelsea, London
 3. Mary Angela MOND, b. Sep 1901, Chelsea, London
 4. Norah Jean R MOND, b. 15 May 1905, Chelsea, London
Last Modified  07 Dec 2008 
Group Sheet  F512  Who Do You Think They Were? 
  • Violet Goetze, like the Mond family, had German roots. Unlike the Monds, the Goetzes were not Jewish. However, Violet's brother, Sigismund, a painter, was accepted into the Mond's circle, and he, in turn, introduced Violet. Violet charmed both the elder and younger Monds, and immediately accepted when Alfred Mond finally proposed. They married in 1892.By all accounts Violet was beautiful, determined and ambitious. She worked hard to promote her husband's political career and used her influence with Lloyd George to secure Alfred's appointment to ministerial office in December 1916.As First Commissioner of Public Works, Violet proposed the idea of a national war museum in February 1917. It was, therefore, natural that she should wish to play an active part in the success of this venture.As a member of the Women's Work Subcommittee, Lady Mond was asked to undertake the gathering of information on home hospitals. She appears to have been very diligent with regard to this responsibility, and drew up a questionnaire to be circulated. The fruits of this labour can be found in the BRCS section of the Women's Work Collection.Interestingly, in the autumn of 1914, Alfred Mond had enthusiastically supported a scheme proposed by Herbert J. Paterson for a hospital for officers. Paterson had already been turned down by the Medical Authorities of the War Office, as they did not believe in his theory that really serious wounds could be cured without the trauma of amputation, given the right environmental conditions and care. Reportedly, Mond took only two minutes to give the idea his assent and financial backing, and the Queen Alexandra's Hospital for Officers at Highgate was established. The hospital received nine hundred of the worst cases, and "its reputation and record were both noble and happy. Original surgical treatments were evolved and many officers owe the full use of their limbs to the skill of Mr Paterson, the vision of Mond and the care in convalescence under Lady Mond at Melchet Court." 1 Her Ladyship had turned her country home into a sixty-bed convalescent hospital (for which she was awarded a D.B.E.), and opened her London home to Belgian refugees.Throughout her life Violet had many admirers, one of whom was, reportedly, George Bernard Shaw.

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