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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 16, April 16, 2006, Article 20

HEROIC NURSE'S WWI MEDAL SELLS AT AUCTION

According to the UK's Greenock Telegraph, "A rare medal
won by a Greenock war heroine has sold for more than 3,000.

The Military Medal was awarded to nurse Kate Carruthers for
showing bravery in the face of the enemy during the First
World War.

Miss Carruthers was one of only a few women to receive the
award for her heroic efforts in treating the wounded on the
frontline."

"The 30-year-old nurse was stationed on the Western Front in
1917 when her field hospital came under attack. She was injured
in the fighting but battled bravely through the pain barrier to
continue treating the wounded.

In 1917 she became one of only a few women to be awarded the
prestigious Military Medal, which was created by King George V
in 1916."

"The medal was bought on behalf of an unknown collector. It
had lain forgotten in a bank vault until Miss Carruthers died
in 1969. It was left in her will to the Haylie House nursing
home in Largs, where she spent her final days.

The medal, along with a newspaper cutting announcing the award,
was sold on behalf of the home."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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