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Twentieth century women of courage.
Escott, Beryl E.
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Stroud : Sutton, 1999.
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vi, 282 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Courage is not unique to one nation or age group, nor is it limited to the Armed Forces, but is evident in all walks of life. While much has been written about the bravery of men, many of the stories behind the awards for bravery to women have been overlooked and their records are sparse.

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Squadron Leader Beryl E. Escott was born in Newfoundland and educated in Guernsey, Lancashire, Yorshire, and at Durham University. She spent 25 years in the RAF before retiring to take up writing. She is the author of a number of books. She is now widely recognized as being the leading WAAF historian and lives in Warwickshire.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. v
1. The Military Medalp. 1
2. The Medal of the Order of the British Empire 1917-22p. 8
3. The Albert, Edward and Empire Gallantry Medalsp. 17
4. The George Cross and George Medalp. 27
United Kingdom
5. Women in the Armed Servicesp. 39
6. Service Nursesp. 50
7. The Women of SOE in Francep. 59
8. Civilian Nursesp. 71
9. Women of the Police, Fire and Prison Servicesp. 82
10. Civilian Gallantry MBEs, BEMs and Commendations for Braveryp. 93
11. Two Civilian Societies - Lloyd's and the Royal Humane Societyp. 108
12. Other Civilian Societies' Awards and Some Forgotten Womenp. 120
United States of America
13. American Women of the First World Warp. 132
14. American Servicewomen of the Second World War and Beyondp. 139
15. America - Mainly Civilian Awardsp. 150
16. Women of America's OSSp. 156
17. Canadian Services and Policep. 163
18. The Canadian Honours Systemp. 174
19. Some Canadian Societiesp. 181
20. Australian Women of Two World Warsp. 187
21. Australia's Own Bravery Awardsp. 198
22. Other Australian Awardsp. 205
New Zealand
23. New Zealand Civilian and Service Awardsp. 214
24. New Zealand Awards from Other Societiesp. 223
South Africa
25. South African Awardsp. 229
Conclusionp. 238
Key to Abbreviationsp. 239
Great Britainp. 242
Australiap. 252
Canadap. 255
New Zealandp. 258
South Africap. 259
United States of Americap. 259
Bibliographyp. 266
General Indexp. 274
Index of Heroinesp. 277
Index of Medalsp. 281