Thursday, November 11, 2004

Veterans Day: Women at War

The Scottish Women's Hospital ambulance drivers, 1915

Early women drivers faced not only the the perils of the highway, but also of war.
There were, in 1914, two uniformed services in Britain that were open to women. The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) was created in 1907 as a link between front-line fighting units and the field hospitals. During the war, FANYs ran field hospitals, drove ambulances and set up soup kitchens and troop canteens, often under highly dangerous conditions. By the Armistice, they had been awarded many decorations for bravery, including 17 Military Medals, one Legion d'Honneur and 27 Croix de Guerre
Read more about the brave women ambulance drivers of WWI.

Photo credit: © BBC]