Autumn of 1884 to 12 October 1918
Sister SOPHIE HILLING of Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service died of pneumonia in No.72 General Hospital, Trouville on 12 October 1918, aged 34.
In 1917 she was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal (Second Class). The award was announced in the London Gazette of 23 October 1917 at which time she was serving at the Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital in Cardiff.
The Royal Red Cross medal was introduced by Queen Victoria on 27 April 1883. The Royal warrant provides for the award to
any ladies, whether subjects or foreign persons, who may be recommended by Our Secretary of State for War for special exertions in providing for the nursing of sick and wounded soldiers and sailors of Our Army and Navy. (During the reign of King George V the words 'or Our Air Force in the field' were added). Those awarded the 1st class medal are known as members whilst those awarded the 2nd class are known as associates (ARRC).
She is buried in Tourgeville Military Cemetery, Deauville.
Location of Memorial:
She is remembered on the Roll of Honour in Deptford Town Hall. According to the British Journal of Nursing this was unveiled by the then Mayor of Deptford, Councillor W Wayland, in September 1919.
She was born in the autumn of 1884, the daughter of Mrs S A Hilling of Deptford.
Contributed By: Andy Pepper
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