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Presentation of the Military Medal by General Plumer to nurses for their courageous conduct when their hospital was bombed by German airmen | by National Library of Scotland
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Presentation of the Military Medal by General Plumer to nurses for their courageous conduct when their hospital was bombed by German airmen

General Plumer presenting medals, France, during World War I. This image shows General Plumer pinning the Military Medal to a nurse's cape. There are a further three nurses standing in line awaiting this honour. This photograph was taken by the British official photographer, John Warwick Brooke.

 

The presentation of medals was not only intended as a recognition of bravery, it was also supposed to boost morale amongst the troops and those involved in all aspects of war work.

 

[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Presentation of the Military Medal by General Plumer to Nurses for their courageous conduct when their hospital was bombed by German airmen.']

 

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Taken circa 1918