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.