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She died for Freedom and Honour

Posted on Fri, 8 June 2018 by Phil Mussell - General News, Medal News

The memorial Plaque is a fairly common item in the collections of most WWI medal enthusiasts but far less common is a plaque awarded to a woman who lost her life in the service of her country. We aren't sure of the exact number awarded but it is certainly less than 1,000 and they come up for sale only rarely.

Bosleys have just such a plaque in their July 7 sale though and it is expected to fetch between £2,000 and £3,000.

It is the WWI Territorial Forces Nursing Service Female Nurse Memorial Plaque. Issued to the next of kin of Staff Nurse Bertha Vinter TFNS who died on May 30 1918, whilst serving at the 2nd London General Hospital. Staff Nurse Bertha Vinter TFNS was born in September 1874 in Bermondsey, she trained as a Midwife and in 1905 was serving at the St. Barnabas Woodford Green and in 1911 is recorded working at the Gore Farm Hospital Darenth, near Dartford. At the outbreak of the Great War she volunteered and joined the Territorial Force Nursing Service and in 1918 was serving at the 2nd London General Hospital; tragically she was diagnosed with thrombosis and died at the end of May of that year.

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