A noble type of good heroic womanhood.
Tomorrow marks the 101st anniversary of the death of Staff Nurse Nellie Spindler of Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service. She was killed in action in No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station, Brandhoek, Belgium, in the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).
On 21 August 1917, Brandhoek was bombarded by German artillery shells. Spindler was hit by schrapnel and died that same day. The Brandhoek hospital was evacuated and 321 patients and Spindler’s body were transported to Lijssenthoek. She was buried the next day with full military honours.
Lijssenthoek was the site of the largest evacuation hospital in the Ypres Salient. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is the second largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Belgium, the final resting place of more than 10,000 men and one woman.
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