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Historic MBE awarded to wartime nurse returns to Alcester for display

Correspondent 17th Jun, 2018

AT a recent meeting of Alcester Town Council, members were presented with the MBE belonging to former resident Susan Jephcott, by her nephew and former mayor Lawrence Haines.

Susan was decorated for her work at Alcester Hospital during World War One when it was a Voluntary Aid Detachment and was awarded the medal shortly after the end of the conflict.

“During the First World War, Alcester Hospital was used as a Voluntary Aid Detachment by the Red Cross to treat wounded soldiers,” said Mr Haines.

“An aunt of mine, Susan Jephcott, was in charge as commandant.

“In 1920 she was awarded the MBE for services rendered.

“I have kept the MBE together with several Red Cross jewels and have asked the Town Council to accept them for permanent keeping and suitable display at times.”

The Mayor of Alcester, Councillor Andrew Foster, who accepted the collection on behalf of the Town Council, said: “We are extremely grateful to Mr Haines for offering the collection and for reminding us of the important work residents played during the military conflicts of the last century.

“In this centenary year marking the end of the First World War, we remember the dedication of Mrs Jephcott and other Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses.

“I will work with my fellow councillors on how we can display the medal and engage with residents in this important year.”

Alcester Town Councillor Mike Gittus who is also chairman of Alcester Royal British Legion added: “Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses were a proud tradition both nationally and here in Alcester.

“The Alcester branch of the Royal British Legion is proud to honour the memory of Susan Jephcott MBE recognising the work she undertook for the care of the wounded.”

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