Katherine Mary Harley

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Reference WMO237791

Address:

Parade Shopping Centre (Formerly Royal Salop Infirmary)

St Mary's Place

Shrewsbury

SY1 1DL

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: situated just inside the doors of the main lobby on the left is a rectangular bronze plaque with decorated borders and inscription in relief. She was a sister of Viscount French and the widow of Colonel G E Harley CB of Condover House. Went to France early in the war with the Scottish Women's Hospital which was raised by the National Women's Suffrage Societies. In July 1916 she took charge of a flying column of motor ambulances in Macedonia to be attached to the Serbian Army there and rescuing and evacuating allied soldiers. For this work, she was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French. In December she left SWH in order to work in an independent motor ambulance unit for the civilian Serbian population of Monastir.. She had served in a hospital and had the idea of creating, and running, a “flying column” n 1917 by an enemy shell as she was feeding starving Serbian civilians. Engraved on her grave in the military cemetery in Salonika are the words: “On your tomb instead of flowers the gratitude of the Serbs shall blossom there for your wonderful acts. Your name shall be known from generation to generation”
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IN HONOURED MEMORY/ OF/ KATHERINE MARY HARLEY/ WHO DID GALLANT SERVICE FOR MANY YEARS ON BEHALF OF WOMEN & CHILDREN/ KILLED BY A SHELL AT MONASTIR MARCH/ 7th 1917 WHILE TENDING THE DISTRESSED/ SERBIANS DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

Katherine Mary Harley

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