Kathleen (Mary Borgia) Lanktree, 45, (1888-1977) was a Dublin born nurse, daughter of a quite notable Dublin policeman. We cannot be certain we have the correct Miss Lanktree but that she is a nurse seated on a table with a strong medical representation supports her claim – but we welcome more ideas, information and even alternative candidates. But surely we are allowed a Borgia at the dinner??
Can you strengthen Kathleen’s claim to a seat at the table? Or suggest alternative candidates? All we know is she was listed as Miss Lanktree. Any further connections with the other table guests would be a great help: Dr Alice Benham, Dr. Eva Handley-Read, Miss Hélène Reynard, Mrs. Alys Russell, or Miss Claribel Spurling.
A little too early to say, but would be at home with anyone of this table.
WHAT’S ON HER MIND?
Did she have a good birthday the day before? I’d like to know, if we have the right Miss Lanktree, what her links have been with the others on her table.
KATHLEEN’S STORY SO FAR
Kathleen Mary Borgia Lanktree was born in Dublin on 22nd March 1888, the daughter of Mary Josephine Fogarty and of Barnaby Dane Lanktree. She was one of seven children (four boys, three girls). The youngest, a girl, died aged 1. Her sister Evelyn also trained as a nurse, at Charing Cross Hospital, 1921-1925 and registered in November 1925. Kathleen was a member of the Queen Alexandra Royal Naval Nursing Service Reserve sometime between 1884 and 1928 – she registered as a nurse in London on 16th November 1923, but trained in Dublin in 1909-1912. With two doctors on this table the nursing link adds to the possibility that we have the right lady.
With a policeman as a father, the siblings generally went into public service: Henry in the India Police, Thomas a master mariner, who emigrated to Australia, Barnaby who served in France and then became a rancher, and Charles, who became a Colonel in the Ceylon Civil Service.
In 1908 the Cork Examiner reports her fund raising in the streets of Cork on behalf of Cork Hospital. She was with the Misses Nellie and Annie Cusack and Lily Robinson raised £5 16s 6p covering the two sides of Bridge Street in Cork. The report gives a wonderful review of the day in the usual diplomatic language, albeit a quarter century before our dinner.
Cork Examiner Monday 28.2.1908
HOSPITAL SATURDAY. COLLECTION IN CORK.
The annual Hospital Saturday collection was made Cork Saturday last, and the charitable ladies, who translate their sympathy for the poor and the afflicted into earnest, practical work, were about in the streets and wore exercising all their persuasive powers touch the hearts and reach the pockets of pedestrians. In the main thoroughfares of the city collectors were numerous and active, and along the quays, too; and particularly Sullivan’s Quay and George’s Quay, passers-by were promptly button-holed and were invariably induced to “deliver up.” The immediate suburbs of the city did not appear be well attended to; but then the energy displayed by the collectors who were scattered through the principal streets and along the main thoroughfares compensated for any lack in the relation indicated. A complaint was made in previous years that some of the young ladies who carried tambourines were somewhat slow in approaching people who wore their working clothes. Whether facts could be called in to justify this complaint, raises a question it would unprofitable to discuss here. It will be relevant, however, to mention that connection with Saturday’s collection no such complaint could possibly made. All sorts and conditions of men and women, no matter what their garb, were approached by the collectors, who displayed a degree of zeal and energy which was worthy of the best traditions of organised charity in Cork.
The sum collected, as may be gathered from the official report which appears below, amounted to £271 16s 2d. or £33 more than was real mod last year. This is, indeed, very creditable to all concerned. The promoters of the collection this year found their efforts hampered by a lack of lady collectors, and things would bad, indeed, were it not for the action of the hospital nurses of Cork, who came to the rescue in splendid fashion, and who, notwithstanding that they had been work their various wards the previous night, went about in the streets cheerfully, and helped to swell the receipts for the city hospitals. The Ladies who engaged in collecting work Saturday are certainly deserving of the highest, praise.
Splendid work, ladies and nurses!
Kathleen would have been celebrating her 45th birthday on the eve of the dinner.
WHAT KATHLEEN DID NEXT
Kathleen Mary Borgia Lanktree, daughter of a senior policeman herself, married Marcus Holroyd Ratton, on 23rd July 1938, in St. John’s Wood, a retired colonial policemen (from Ceylon) – perhaps she met through her brother Colonel Charles, CBE, of the Ceylon Civil Service. 
On census day 1939 she and her husband were at Children’s Farm, St Michael’s, Tenterden, Kent, which may have been a guest house. They were also resident at 7F Grove End House, London NW8 at the time. Kathleen died on 4th October 1977 in Wallingford.
 Birmingham Daily Gazette, 25.7.1938 p3 ©Mirrorpix Digitised by FindMyPast Newspaper Archive Ltd.
 Cork Examiner, 28.9.1908
 Retirement of Superintendent Lanktree, Dublin Evening Mail, 17.7.1906
 The Peerage