A First Aid Nursing Yeomanry medal

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A First Aid Nursing Yeomanry medal

This medal was awarded to my mother who served with the FANYs, the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry during the First World War. She drove an ambulance, among her duties was taking wounded soldiers to hospital ships in Dieppe harbour for repatriation in England. Antifreeze did not come into general use until the 1920s and during the winter the FANYs had to start their engines with starting handles every two hours to prevent them from freezing.The engines were heavy and it was hard work.

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