Lady Dorothie Feilding was the first woman to be awarded the British Military Medal for bravery. She drove ambulances on the Western Front for three years in the First World War. During that time she wrote home to Newnham Paddox, near Rugby, almost daily. Her letters reflect the mundane, tragedy and horror of war and also the tensions of being a woman at the front contending with shells, gossip, funding, lice, car maintenance and inconvenient marriage proposals.
This talk which is usually about an hour, including time for questions, will include extracts from Lady Dorothie's letters as well as a powerpoint of her photographs.Views: 172 | Enquiries: 1
Researched my family tree and that of friends and family for over 15 yrs. BA Hons in English and History Experienced archive researcher - National Archives, Warwick County Record Office, Leicestershire and Rutland Archive among others. Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde. Taught Family History at Warwick University for two years.
Published author of Lady Under Fire on the Western Front - an edited collection of letters written by Dorothie Feilding while driving ambulances in Belgium during the Great War. Researched and transcribed. Listed by Max Hastings as one of his five favourite war memoirs.
Experienced researcher of WWI servicemen and women. Worked as a volunteer for the Royal Maritime Museum, Greenwich transcribing First World War crew lists.
Article published in Your Family Tree Magazine on my research into a Keystone Cop ancestor.
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