ALCESTER Town Council, members were presented with the MBE belonging to former resident Susan Jephcott, by her nephew and former mayor Lawrence Haines.
Susan was decorated for her work at Alcester Hospital during World War One when it was a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) and was awarded the medal shortly after the end of the conflict.
Reflecting on his aunt’s role, Mr Haines said: “During the First World War, Alcester Hospital was used as a Voluntary Aid Detachment by the Red Cross to treat wounded soldiers. An aunt of mine, Susan Jephcott the widow of Dr. Jephcott, was in charge as commandant. In 1920 she was awarded the MBE for services rendered. I have kept the MBE together with several Red Cross Jewels and have asked Alcester Town Council to accept them for permanent keeping and suitable display at times.”
The Mayor of Alcester, Cllr Andrew Foster, who accepted the collection on behalf of the town council said: “We are extremely grateful to Mr Haines for offering the collection to the council and for reminding us of the important work that residents played during the military conflicts of the last century.”
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