A noted philanthropist, and greatly interested in hospital and nursing work, Lady Wantage is a much beloved woman. With her husband, the late Lord Wantage, the distinguished soldier and Victoria Cross hero, who died in 1901, she was instrumental in establishing the National Aid Society, which was really the forerunner of the British Red Cross Society. In 1883, when Queen Victoria instituted the Order of the Red Cross, Lady Wantage was one of the first to receive the honour. Her ladyship was a Miss Lloyd, only daughter of Baron Overstone, whose title became extinct on his death, though his vast fortune, estimated at two millions, descended to her. She married Lord Wantage in 1858, and is the owner of two fine country places - Overstone Park, Northampton, and Lockinge House, Wantage, where she chiefly resides. Her gifts to hospitals and nursing institutions are legion, and in 1908 she gave to Reading University College the magnifi-cent present of Wantage Hall as a residence for students, a noble gift that will long keep green the memory of the donor.
Lady Wantage Langler