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Commemoration of women in foreign missions during the Great War


 Memorials and graves scattered across Europe

Zvezdana Popovic


An event to commemorate the lives of the brave women in foreign medical missions in Serbia during the Great War is being held.  Details appear below. However, it is worth briefly explaining the back ground to this event.

In 2015 we had the Commemoration for the first time, and I really hope that it will become an annual event.

It is impossible to make a definitive list of all the women who were in Serbia or on the related fronts. On the other hand, to only mention one or two, would do a great injustice to the rest.

Moreover, it would be wrong to remember only those who died in Serbia; only those whose graves are in Kragujevac, Valjevo, Bajina Bašta or Niš. What about those who survived the perils of Serbia and died in Greece or France? What about those who lived long lives, like ambulance driver, Elsie Cameron Corbet who died in 1977. On her grave stone in Oxfordshire is written that she was a daughter of 1st Baron Rowallan; that she received the Serbian Red Cross medal and Officer’s gold medal; that she was a benefactor and friend. It is obvious that her work in Serbia stayed with her all her life. It defined who she was.

Therefore, in our commemoration we are remembering all the women who, in various foreign medical missions, risked and sacrificed their lives in Serbia and the related fronts during the Great War, whilst also remembering those who continued to support the Serbs even after the war had ended, most significantly, Lady Paget.


In Loving Memory

Please join us as we gather together in loving memory, to commemorate the lives of the brave women of foreign medical missions in Serbia during the Great War.

We remember Lady Paget, Dr Elsie Inglis, Dr Catherine McPhail , Mabel Stobart, Flora Sandes, Evelina Haverfield, Dr Isabel Emslie Hutton, Olive King, Dr Elizabeth Ross and hundreds of other women who risked and sacrificed their lives in Serbia and on related fronts.

The Commemoration will be held on Sunday, March 13th, 2016

1.30 – 3.00 pm  Saint Sava Church, London 89 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QQ


This event is organised by St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and supported by the following Serbian organisations: Serbian Council of Great Britain, Serbian Society, Serbian City Club, Kolo Srpskih Sestara Kosovka Devojka and Britic. With the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Great Britain.

RSVP by Friday 11th March to confirm attendance either to   


Zvezdana Popovic is the organiser of this event and supplied the photo of the poster which she devised. As well as organising events associated with this topic, she has undertaken further research which will appear in a later post.


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