Rare 1914-1918 medal New Zealand nurses medal Ethel Mary Lewis Decorated woman
WW1 New Zealand Nurse Ethel Mary Lewis 22/144 medal Rare
Rare WW1 1914-1918 medal to Staff Nurse Ethel Mary Lewis [Born Cornwall 1884 and by 1905 had obtained her General nursing certificate ,she appears to have been a nurse on ships from 1909 and on the SS Morayshire it visited NZ and Australia where it’s possible her interest in NZ began.
Her name appears in NZ in 1912 and was the Native Health Nurse in Otaki ,this association with Otaki continued in her life in returns to NZ during WW1.
It was in 1917 she obtained her NZ service number 22/144 ,
this medal comes with a huge writeup of her life prior to her service in WW1 ,she nursed Maori prior to the WW1 war Otaki related and was at her life’s end in 1966 a highly decorated woman [she had travelled from NZ to Europe twice, avoided capture in the trenches in Serbia, Hiked through the Albanian mountains with the Serbian army and throughout she continued her duties to the highest standard.
Her awards with the
Legion of Honour [France]
1914 Star trio
Order of St Sava 3rd class Serbia
Order of the white eagle Serbia
Royal Red cross Serbia.
Medaille Militaire France
Croix de Guerre Belgian
Retreat Medal Serbia.