Single. Staff  Nurse Sarah Macintosh Colvin. Q.A.I.M.N.S.R.

Single. Staff Nurse Sarah Macintosh Colvin. Q.A.I.M.N.S.R.

Code: 11315

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An interesting and rare medal awarded to Staff Nurse Sarah Macintosh Colvin of the Queens Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. General Service Medal 1918-62, Clasp IRAQ (S/NURSE S.M. COLVIN. Q.A.I.M.N.S.R.). Born in Manbeen, Elgin, Scotland on 22nd March 1891. She joined the Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. at the Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen in which she received her medical training. She signed up and served between 1914-1917 to which she trained and qualified at the Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen. Notes indicate further training and experience took place whilst serving in Dublin between 1917 and 1918 with the Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Service papers show her embarkation orders to embark from Southampton on the15th April 1918 arriving at Basra in Iraq on the 9th June 1918. She later travelled to Amarah joining her unit in Baghdad, Iraq serving at British Stationary Hospital on the 5th January 1919. It was here that she was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Service details confirm she served in numerous military hospitals in Baghdad. Following by service on the 30th October 1920 in Basrah. For her service in Iraq she was awarded the General Service Medal 1918-62 Clasp IRAQ. Further to her service in Iraq she saw service in India, This confirmed by letter sent on the 20th September 1923. At this time she was attached to the Indian Military Nursing Service. No further details are available, *It should be taken into account none of the Iraq Clasps issued are common. It is also noted that only 16 of the early IRAQ clasps medals known to exist. Details taken from OMRS Journal September 2008 by N.G. Gooding. (with copy medal index card, medal roll GSM 18-62 Clasp IRAQ, service papers, letter of request and copy of OMRS Journal September 2008 by N.G. Gooding).