Double Award Great War Nursing Group – British Red Cross Society and Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve

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This superb group of 7 medals was awarded to Violet May Marsh and comprises: Royal Red Cross (GV). 1914 Star (blank), British War Medal and Victory Medal Pair with MID Emblem named toSister V. M. MARSH. QAIMNS Tippet Medal, British Red Cross Society War Service Medal, Belgian Red Cross Medal.


20170209_100902.jpgIt is accompanied by a personalised dispersal certificate and a British Red Cross Society enamelled badge (J Gaunt London) named on reverse to 691 Violet M. Marsh.


This group is accompanied by an original dispersal document signed by G S JACOB. Matron, i/c Dispersal Hostel, Folkestone.


It is an appreciation of service from the General Commanding “Troops Shorncliffe” of services. It is interesting to note the alteration of all male references to female references. It is a touching and genuine piece of ephemera.


Violet May Marsh entered France on the 2nd November 1914 with the British Expeditionary Force. She was 34 years old when she entered France with the British Red Cross. her BRCS Certificate number was 6140.mid mention 1922

It is highly probable that she never received her first issue of the 1914 Star and that she added this herself at a later date. This is endorsed by the fact that the British Red Cross Society did not have a forwarding address for her. Further research is required to clearly establish what happened. Her address is given as 8 Sunningdale Gardens, Mill Hill, NW7 London.

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She was assigned to No 11 Ambulance Train and the the Malassisse Hospital at St. Omer.


She was Mentioned in Despatches of Field Marshal J D P French for October 1915 which appeared in the London Gazette 1st January 1916.

Miss Marsh then joined the QAIMNSR and returned to France. She spent a brief period back home with sickness before returning across the Channel.
It is interesting to notice in her files that there is mention of “Mentioned in Despatches Certificate returned as no other address on file. This note is dated 26th May 1922 and begs the question as to whether this refers to her mention in despatches in 1916, 6 years previously, or that there was in fact a second MID.
The award of the Royal Red Cross (2nd class) was published in the London Gazette 1st January 1919. 20170209_100743.jpg20170209_100907.jpgThe entry reads as follows: MISS VIOLET MAY MARSH. A / SISTER. Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. (Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve).

The award of the Belgian Red Cross Medal is not listed or gazetted. Customarily, it was frequently issued by local and regional “dignitaires” (dignitaries) directly to staff when Hospitals and other such facilities were visited.

This is a superb and rare group of medals to a dedicated and very brave Nurse of the highest of British tradition, with an early MID. Violet May Marsh’s story is worthy of deeper and more detailed research.



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