Edith Elizabeth APPLETON
O.B.E.  R.R.C.





Last updated: 9 July 2008

Early 1900s

We have a number of medals belonging to Edie, most of which are easily identifiable,
but there are some at the bottom of this page which we need help to identify.
Thanks to those of you who have provided feedback.






Edie was awarded the
Military OBE in 1919

Click here to view the London Gazette entry 12 December 1919

and here for 19 June 1920 entry in the British Journal of Nursing

Click here to see Court Circular in The Times of 11 June 1920.

and The Royal Red Cross
First Class in 1917

Click here to view the London Gazette entry 1 January 1918

and here for 12 January 1918 entry in the British Journal of Nursing







Military OBERRC 1st

↑  Here are the smaller versions 


1914 Star
  Front and Reverse
More information here

British War Medal 1914-1918
Front and Reverse
More information here
Victory Medal 1914-1918
Front and Reverse
More information here


Medaille de la Reine Elisabeth

Click here for more information about this medal

and here to view the London Gazette entry for 24 October 1919

and here for the entry of 1 November 1919 in the British Journal of Nursing

Front                        Reverse


Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve This was in the medals collection
but unsure what it signifies
Unsure what this one signifies.
Maybe Voluntary Warden or Worker. Any suggestions?


If you are able to shed light on the significance of the middle and right hand medals above
please contact Dick Robinson at dick@gardencottage.org.uk

Feedback on the three medals above:

  1. Update 20 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.