Kate Luard

BBC History Magazine - - WWI Eyewitness Accounts -

Born in Es­sex, Kate vol­un­teered with the Queen Alexan­dria’s Im­pe­rial Mil­i­tary Nurs­ing Ser­vice and spent the war tend­ing the wounded in field am­bu­lances and ca­su­alty clear­ing sta­tions.

Kate re­signed af­ter the Ar­mistice to care for her ailing fa­ther. In 1919, she was awarded a bar to her Royal Red Cross (1st Class) by Ge­orge V. She worked in the South London Hos­pi­tal for Women and Chil­dren and then as a ma­tron at a boys’ school, and pub­lished two books about her war ex­pe­ri­ences.

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