We have a
number of medals belonging to Edie, most of which are easily
but there are
some at the bottom of this page which we need help to
Thanks to those of you who have provided feedback.
Feedback on the three medals above:
April 2008 - From Sue Light:
The one on the left is a QAIMNS
Reserve service medal - worn on the right side of her cape, and
rather like a soldier wearing a cap badge - a mark of her service.
They were issued to all Reserve nurses, though I believe they had to
pay for them - 1/9d or something similar. All the Services -
Regular QAIMNS, Reserve and Territorial Force Nursing Service wore
different service badges, and as the latter two uniforms look so
similar in black and white photos, they do provide a good method of
distinguishing between the two. And the Reserve were the only
service who were allowed to keep their service badges with no
strings attached. The Regular service had to work for 20 years for
theirs (!) and the TFNS women had to have four years wartime
service, or else hand them back when they left - this was later
reduced to two years wartime or 10 years peacetime service.
The middle photo is a Belgian Commemorative medal, issued as far as
I know by charities, rather than the Government, and I'm not sure
who would have got it, but I suspect all those nurses who had worked
in Belgium during 1914-15, which would have included Edie during her
time at the Casualty Clearing Stations.
The third one I have no idea about - it's probably something
obvious, but I don't remember seeing it before. I'll ask around and
see if I can find out.