Laura Elizabeth

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Laura Elizabeth was born in Hokitka, New Zealand back in 1880 to David and Jane. She was educated at a Private School in Christchurch and then at Wellington Girls’ College graduating in 1909.

In 1910, she left New Zealand for Europe where he applied to join the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service. She served in London and Wiltshire prior to WWI. She was stationed in Rouen, later taking charge of a field ambulance station at Arras. In 1917, she was promoted to the rank of Sister. Inn 1918, she was again promoted to Acting Matron in a general hospital in Genoa, Italy.

She continued to serve in various locations working until her retirement in 1937. She died in Sussex in 1969, she was 89.

What you may not know about Laura Elizabeth James is that during her service in WWI she received the Military Medal, the 1914 Star, General Service War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Allies’ Medal. Not that, that was enough she also received five overseas service chevrons. She is recognized as one of the most decorated nurses of WWI. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another piece of history..... and a female who led the way with nursing....

Oct 09, 2017 04:22 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks, James.  I was unaware of this lady who was such an outstanding hero.

Oct 09, 2017 04:51 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well deserved, so many acts of kindness from such a wonderful person.

Oct 09, 2017 04:54 AM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Ah, you're going after my own heart with a bit of nursing history, James! Nurses do so much more during our wars than we ever hear about. Thank you for sharing this one!

Happy Monday, James!

Oct 09, 2017 04:57 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Nurses, in general, are unrecognized for their work.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 09, 2017 05:20 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Wow Laura was certainly an important part of our history and so glad you recognized her in your post today!

Oct 09, 2017 05:23 AM #6
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning James Dray thank you for sharing this information. 

Oct 09, 2017 05:48 AM #7
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I am so glad that this hero of the nursing corps was recognized for her service! 

Oct 09, 2017 06:36 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Unless you have had the opportunity to be cared for by a wonderful nurse, you might not realize what a heroin Laura Elizabeth was.  She is a model for all future generations of our great nurses who give selflessly of themselves. 

Oct 09, 2017 07:09 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

All I can say of what she did is that she is a better man than I.

Oct 09, 2017 07:44 AM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This woman was very busy and apparently very driven too.

Oct 09, 2017 07:46 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow now that is so many honors for her James.  Thanks for sharing with us all these great stories.

Oct 09, 2017 08:18 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Wow, wow, wow!  What a great inspiring story of a nurse.  What a heroine she was.  Thank you for sharing this with us.  A

Oct 09, 2017 09:01 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like a pretty interesting woman, I always learn something new from your posts!

Oct 09, 2017 11:08 AM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - another leader in her field.  She make quite an impression.

Oct 09, 2017 11:08 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I am always amazed at the people in our past and how accomplished and brave they were. 

Oct 09, 2017 01:45 PM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

People who give so much of their life to service of others are truely remarkable James Dray 

Oct 09, 2017 10:19 PM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We sometime sforget all the service given by nurses !

Oct 10, 2017 03:35 AM #18
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Love your biography posts! So interesting! She was indeed a pioneer hero! Thank You!

Nov 07, 2017 11:35 PM #19
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