Hall of Heroes
11th September 2014
A new online 'hall’ launched by Findmypast commemorates heroes throughout history, from unsung underdogs to First World War medal winners – whether famous or family figures.
One of the famous faces included in the hall is Dorothea Crewdson, one of 38,000 Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses who went overseas to care for injured servicemen during the First World War. Crewdson was stationed at the Commonwealth reinforcement camps in Étaples, France, when German bombers targeted the area. She was wounded, but refused treatment and continued to help others until she succumbed to her injuries. For her courage she was awarded the Military Medal – a rare honour for women at that time. Prior to this, she had been awarded the Royal Red Cross medal – an award instituted by Queen Victoria in 1883 specifically for women.
'Hall of Heroes’ wouldn’t be complete without commemorating some of the well-decorated soldiers of the First World War, like Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse. He is one of only three people ever to have won the Victoria Cross twice, and the only person to be awarded both the Victoria Cross and bar during the First World War. He won his first VC for his actions at the Battle of Guillemont in 1916, after coming within 25 metres of the German line to rescue three wounded comrades; he continued to search no-man’s-land for injured soldiers for a further four hours. In total, Chavasse saved the lives of 20 wounded men.
Findmypast is calling for people to submit stories of their own family heroes. For every real-life story published Findmypast will donate £10 to the British Red Cross.
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