Real Lives: Flora Sandes

Historian feature

By Paula Kitching, published 17th April 2020

Paula Kitching explores the story of Flora Sandes, a woman determined to make her contribution to the war effort.

In 1914, Flora Sandes was 38 years of age when war was declared. She was born in Yorkshire but had lived in a number of places as her father, a rector, was moved to different locations. When the war started she was living with her family in Surrey and was keen to stop being a secretary and volunteer as a nurse. She had spent a number of years training with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY). Although the FANY were not attached in any official capacity to the military they had been founded by a former captain and they were organised along military lines, wore a uniform and were trained in horsemanship and military drill. The purpose of a FANY was to be a battlefield medic who could ‘ride into a combat zone and rescue and treat the injured’... 

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