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Call To Recognise Ireland's WW1 Nurses

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "Campaigners have called for the service of nurses in the First World War to be recognised with a permanent memorial at Belfast City Hall.
    Scores of nurses left Ireland between 1914 and 1918 to serve on battlefields across the world from northern France to east Africa and Mesopotamia.
    A research project by a group of retired nurses has traced the stories of some of those who deployed.
    In their publication Nurses’ Voices From WW1, they record that when war was announced in August 1914, nurses from across Ireland immediately signed up for service.
    The nurses they traced included Margaret Anderson from Kilkeel, who became known as the Mournes’ Florence Nightingale.
    She received the Royal Red Cross for her service in the First World War, and later went on to work in Iraq before rejoining the nursing reserve at the age of 58 at the start of the Second World War, during which she took part in several sorties during the evacuation of Dunkirk.
    Annie Colhoun from Londonderry served in Monastir in Tunisia during the First World War and was injured when the hospital she was working in was bombed in 1917. She was awarded the Military Medal for her bravery and devotion to duty during the attack.
    Others died in service including Eveline Dawson on a hospital ship in 1917 and Rachel Ferguson from Moneymore who died of pneumonia in Italy in 1918."
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