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RCN pays tribute to wartime nurses

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The Royal College of Nursing has paid tribute to the sacrifice of nurses during wartime by receiving two rolls of honour, listing more than 2,000 nurses who died in the two world wars.

Honorary RCN fellow Yvonne McEwen, a historian at Edinburgh University, presented the rolls to the college after 10 years researching the names.

She said: “The rolls uncover a history of fortitude, valour, self-sacrifice and dedication. Tragically, their sacrifices have never been properly recognised. The rolls of honour are a start. In the absence of a proper memorial, at least their names will be known to the public and the profession.”

Pictured left to right: RCN archives manager Susan McGann, Ms McEwen, Ethel Lote and RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter.

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