Emily Jane Wood trained at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She joined Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) in May 1900 as part of the Scottish Red Cross Hospital forming up to go to South Africa.
As well as serving with the Scottish Red Cross Hospital she served in Kroonstad, Pretoria and Kimberley. At the end of the war she stayed on in South Africa in Government service. She kept a journal of the early part of her experiences in South Africa. This is in The Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine: Accession 333131; MS. 6034
She was a keen photographer and many of her entries deal with the intricacies of camera shots, and the supplies needed for photography at that time.