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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Étaples Military Cemetery, Étaples, France

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Étaples Military Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in France, with more than 10,000 burials from WW1. Twenty women are buried there, more than in any other CWGC cemetery on the Western Front. Étaples, a port town south of Boulogne, served as an Allied training base, supply depot, prisoner detention centre, and “Hospital City” during WW1.

Six of the women were killed in action. The others died of illness, mostly pneumonia or influenza.

Dorothea Mary Lynette Crewdson, MM, ARRC, Nursing Sister, VAD member, British Red Cross, died 12 Mar 1919, age 32. “Daughter of Mr and Mrs Henry Crewdson Nottingham. Sursum Corda”. Crewdson was injured when the Étaples hospitals were bombed in June 1918. She was awarded the Military Medal for her courage, a rare honour for a woman. She also held an Associate Royal Red Cross medal.     

Marjorie Croysdale, Nursing Sister, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, died 2 Mar 1919, age 26.

Matilda Ethel Green, Nursing Sister, Canadian Army Nursing Service, 7th Canadian General Hospital, died 9 Oct 1918, age 32. “Duties Faithfully Fulfilled”

Florence Victoria (Flossie) Grover, civilian, died of pneumonia after contracting influenza while visiting her husband, Private Albert Grover in hospital. She died 26 Nov 1918, age 21. “In loving memory. Until the day break and the shadows flee away” Bert died of pneumonia three weeks later, 17 Dec 1918, age 23. “Sleep on dear son”

Alice Violet Hallam, Nursing Member, Voluntary Aid Detachment, died 18 Dec 1916, age 45. “Requiescat in Pace”

Doris Mary Luker, Worker, Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps, died 13 Feb 1919, age 21. “She Nobly Answered Her Country’s Call”

Mary Maria Matthews, Worker, Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps, died 17 Feb 1919, age 28. “Our Dear One Gone But Is Not Forgotten By Us All”                 

Marguerite Maude McArthur, Civilian, YMCA, died 13 Feb 1919, age 26. “We Asked Life For Her and Thou Gavest Her Life For Evermore”

Eliza Margaret Nisbet, Civilian, Scottish Churches Huts, died 16 Aug 1916, age 51. Nisbet and her sister Amy volunteered, arriving in France in June 1916. Margaret died shortly after. Amy served until Sep 1919.

Blanche Amelia Page, Worker, Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps, died 7 Dec 1918, age 30. “To Live In Hearts We Leave Behind Is Not To Die”

Edith H. Routledge, Assistant Forewoman, Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps, died 5 Mar 1919, age 29. Mentioned In Despatches. “In Ever Loving Memory of Our Dear Nora”

Jeanie Barclay Smith, Nursing Sister, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, died 28 Apr 1916, age 42. “Thy Will Be Done”         

Jessie Emily Wakefield, Nursing Sister, Territorial Force Nursing Service, died 07 Feb 1919, age 39.            

Emma Whittaker, Worker, Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps, died 15 Feb 1919.


British nurse Edith Cavell was executed on October 12, 1915 for helping Allied soldiers escape occupied Belgium. Her death became a rallying cry for the Allies. In honour of Cavell, the Monday Monuments and Memorials this October feature nurses who served in WW1.


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