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Royal Red Cross medal, London, England, 1915-1918

The Royal Red Cross (RRC) medal was only awarded to women from the time it was created in 1883 until 1976, when men also became eligible. The medal was given to members of the nursing service. This particular medal was given to Elizabeth Batten, a Senior Sister in Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) Reserve, for her nursing services during the First World War. The words “Faith” “Hope” and “Charity” are inscribed on the back. This is an example of a second-class award that was introduced in 1915. A nurse could become a first-class member (RRC) when she had received two second-class awards.

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Glossary: nursing

The study and practice of caring for and waiting on the sick, injured, or others unable to look after themselves or to deal with their specific medical needs.

Glossary: medal

Small pieces of metal, usually gold, silver, or bronze, bearing a relief design on one or both sides and having a commemorative purpose; not used as a medium of exchange. Medals may also be created to commemorate individuals or events or even as works of artistic expression in their own right.