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Great War Home Service 1916 Royal Red Cross 2nd Class and Egypt 1917 to 1919 Nursing Sister’s group awarded to Sister G.E. Head, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, who joined in March 1916, being initially employed with Wool Mili

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Great War Home Service 1916 Royal Red Cross 2nd Class and Egypt 1917 to 1919 Nursing Sister’s group awarded to Sister G.E. Head, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, who joined in March 1916, being initially employed with Wool Military Hospital at Bovington Camp in Dorset, she was awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class in the London Gazette for 23rd February 1917. Then sent to Egypt from August 1917, she saw service with the 27th General Hospital at Cairo through to November 1919, being employed as the sister in-charge of the Surgical Wards and night section.

Group of 3: Royal Red Cross 2nd Class, Associate, A.R.R.C., GVR bust; British War Medal and Victory Medal; (SISTER G.E. HEAD)

Condition: Good Very Fine.

Together with the following:

Recipient’s group of miniature medals, the first mounted individually on its bow ribbon.

Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve pair of collar badges.

Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Great War period Nurse’s shoulder cape.

Grace Ellen Head was born on 16th December 1884 in came from Shefford, Bedfordshire, the daughter of a timber merchant, and was educated at Shefford Board School, before going on to train as a nurse whilst working at Brook Fever Hospital in Woolwich and gaining experience in fever nursing from 30th June 1910 to 7th January 1913, and then continued her training as a nurse at St Mary’s Infirmary, Highgate Hill, London from 8th January 1913 to 29th January 1916. Having applied for appointment as a nurse with the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve on 8th December 1915, she joined as a nursing sister on 7th March 1916. On 27th April 1916 she received a transfer to the Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital at Grosvenor Road in London, and then on to the Wool Military Hospital at Bovington Camp in Dorset. It was for her service here that she was awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class in the London Gazette for 23rd February 1917.

In the meantime she had also passed for overseas service, and after inoculations, was posted on service overseas in Egypt from 23rd August 1917, being employed with the 27th General Hospital at Cairo as part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. She remained so employed till November 1919, when she sailed for England. Head received a report from the Matron-in-Charge of the 27th General Hospital at Cairo, which stated that whilst she was employed there she was the sister in-charge of the Surgical Wards and night section, and that her professional ability was good. She was a reliable and observant nurse and kind and attentive to her patients. He administrative capacity was also good, and she showed tact and judgement in her management and is capable of teaching there under her. Head was demobilised from the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve on 15th January 1920.