McCrossan, Mary Elizabeth


War Service:
Mary Elizabeth McCrossan, Student Nurse, London County Council Hospitals Service, Lewisham was awarded the British Empire Medal in October 1944.

The citation for the award reads : " A flying bomb caused very extensive blast damage to a hospital. A fire immediately
broke out and spread rapidly. The fire was aggravated by gas burners in the wards and the inflammable material, including ether, in the dispensary. Nurse McCrossan, who was on duty, was knocked down and sustained . wounds. She was covered by debris but freed herself and helped to carry the patients from her ward until all had been removed to safety. She did not give any heed to her own injuries but a medical officer intervened and she was taken on a stretcher to another hospital, where she was operated upon. Nurse McCrossan showed courage and great devotion to duty without thought for herself. "

The events described took place at Lewisham hospital in July 1944.

Location of Memorial:



London Gazette of 6 October 1944

Contributed By:

Andy Pepper

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