Royal Red Cross miniature medal group

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Description

Miniature dress medal set of Mildred Elizabeth Harris, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service & Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

Born – 7th January 1895 – Died – 28th December 1984
Enlisted – November 12922, Service Number – 206196
Miniature Medal mounted for wear – Member of the British Empire, The Royal Red Cross 1st Class, 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Burma Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, plus loose Q.A.I.M.N.S. Cape Badge.
Summary of Service
Mildred Elizabeth Harris was born on the 7th January 1895 and on the 20th December 1917 joined the Q.A.I.M.N.S., receiving her training at the St. Thomas’s Hospital and Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, she qualified the 20th December 1921 and on the 5th March 1923 Mildred she was appointed as a Staff Nurse. On the 5th March 1923 Mildred was appointed as a Staff Nurse and in July 1926 a Sister. Mildred then saw service in India between 1926-31 and China between 1933 and 1936. By February 1939 Mildred had returned to the U.K and was based in Aldershot. Once war had been declared in 1939, Mildred was posted abroad and on the 30th May 1941 she was promoted to Sister.

On the 30th December 1941 was awarded the M.B.E. the citation for which reads:- “Miss Mildred Elizabeth Harris (206196), Sister (acting Matron), Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service: In recognition of distinguished services in the Middle East (including Egypt, East Africa, The Western Desert, The Sudan, Greece, Crete, Syria and Tobruk) during the period February, 1941, to July, 1941. “
The original Recommendation states:-
“During the Syrian Campaign 1941, the considerable and rapid expansion of No. 62 General Hospital necessitated a great deal of difficult and extra work by the Nursing sisters and orderlies, whose efficiency was due to the professional ability and devotion to duty shown by Miss Harris”.
On the 13th April 1943 Mildred was appointed Acting Matron whilst still serving in the Middle East and on the 6th January 1944 she was awarded the Royal Red Cross 1st Class the citation for which reads:-
“Miss Mildred Elizabeth Harris (206196), Sister (acting Matron), Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (Portishead, Somerset): “In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East”.
The original Recommendation states:-
“For the past 3 1⁄2 years in the Middle East this lady has been first Acting Matron 62 General Hospital (1 1⁄2 years), Acting Matron 42 General Hospital and now Acting Matron 90 General Hospital. Throughout this period she has carried out splendid work, always running a first-class nursing service. Capable, self-reliant and most popular with all she has shown great devotion to duty making for the comfort and happiness of patients and nursing staff alike”.
With the war over, Mildred continued in the service and on the 1st February 1949 she was appointed Senior Commander (Temporary Chief Commander (Temp. Lieutenant-Colonel)) in the now renamed Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Service.
On the 1st April 1950 Mildred was confirmed in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and on the 7th January 1952 she retired from the service.