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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 197

A Great War R.R.C. group of four to Matron A. A. Wilson, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service

Royal Red Cross (R.R.C.) in silver-gilt and enamel; 1914 Star (A. Princ: Matron A. A. Wilson. Q.A.I.M.N.S.); British War and Victory Medals with M.I.D. oakleaves (A. Princ. Matron. A. A. Wilson.)

R.R.C. London Gazette 1 January 1917.

M.I.D. London Gazette 15 June 1916.

Agnes Alexander Wilson was born at Lesmahagow 18 June 1873 and was educated firstly at Lesmahagow School, then at a private establishment and finally at Arnold Academy, Lanark, Scotland. She worked at the Royal Hospital for Children in Edinburgh between 11 January 1896-11 January 1898 before her nursing training at St.Batholomew's Hospital in London which she commenced from 2 April 1898.

Wilson joined the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service on 12 February 1903 as a Staff Nurse and was promoted to Sister on 9 August 1904 and served at Woolwich, Netley and South Africa where she served for over five and a half years. This was followed by further service at Tidworth and then Dover. She passed the qualifying examination for Promotion to Matron in December 1912.

With the outbreak of the Great War Wilson served in France right from the outset from 8 August 1914 and was based at No. 7 General Hospital, Rouen. She was promoted to Acting Matron attached to a General Hospital from 20 April 1915-3 April 1916 and was Acting Principal Matron for the Rouen Area between 4 March 1916-20 January 1917, followed by Acting Matron to 72 General Hospital on 15 December 1917 and finally Acting Principal Matron for the Trouville Area. The Proceedings of a Medical Board showed her as suffering from insomnia and frequent headaches as a result of the strain of running the General Hospital, this resulted with her being transferred sick to the United Kingdom on 29 April 1918. Wilson did not see any further Great War service overseas and was based at Netley Hospital before serving in Malta from 28 October 1920 where she remained until July 1926 and then she returned to Netley. She retired on the 18 June 1928 with the permission to retain the badge of the Q.A.I.M.N.S. and this was confirmed in the London Gazette of 19 June 1928. She died on 26 September 1963 in Ewell, Surrey; sold with a League of St. Bartholomew's Nurses badge.

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