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Medals awarded to Muriel Thompson, First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, 1915-1918

Before World War One (1914-1918), Muriel Thompson (1875-1939) was a keen motorist and in 1908 she won the first ever ladies' motor race held at Brooklands. Uniquely over-qualified, she joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) as a driver in January 1915. This required not only the ability to drive but also basic mechanical skills in order to fix the various vehicles used by the FANY.

In 1916 she served as second in command on the Calais convoy with the Army. Her Military Medal and Croix de Guerre were awarded for courage under fire whilst moving the injured to safety during a German bombing raid in May 1918. Like many other FANYs, she was awarded medals by the British, Belgian and French authorities.

Her medals include: Military Medal 1914-18; 1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-20; Allied Victory Medal 1914-19 with oak leaf for Mentioned in Dispatches; Order of Leopold II, Belgium, 1914-18, Badge of the 5th Class; Croix de Guerre, France 1914-18.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1960-03-174-1

Copyright/Ownership

National Army Museum, Out of Copyright

Location

National Army Museum, Army gallery

Object URL

https://collection.nam.ac.uk/detail.php?acc=1960-03-174-1

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