Good Day gentlemen. I'm hoping some of the members of the Forum will be able to help with this inquiry. I have a French medal,the Médaille des Épidémies en Argent, named to "Sister J. Sibley". I have been trying to find out why she received this medal.It seems that her BWM is in the IWM ????
THE NURSING RECORD EDITED BY MRS BEDFORD FENWICK No. 1,632. SATURDAY, JULY 12. 1919. Vol. LXIII FOR WAR SERVICES
In the House of Commons last week Mr. Churchill said that the claim of Medical Officers and Nurses serving on hospital ships to the Victory Medal had not been overlooked.
It is announced in a Gazette that the following are among the medals awarded by the Allied Powers at various dates to the British Forces for distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign. His Majesty the King has given unrestricted permission in all cases to wear: the medals in question.
Conferred by the President of the French Republic.
Medaille des Epidemies en Vermei
Matron C. Sorenson, Australian Army Nursing Service
Sister H. L. Carpenter, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Res.)
Matron B. A Campbell, Australian Army Service Sister M. M. L. Johns, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Res.).
Medaille des Epidemies en Argent
Sister E. Nichol, T.F. Nursing Service
Nurse E Simpson-Shewan, Staff, T.F. Nursing Service
Sister J. Sibley, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Res.)
Sister K. E. Stacey, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Res.)
MÉDAILLE DU MINISTERE DE LA GUERREMédailles rondes en bronze, argent, vermeil ou or suivant l'échelon et du module de 27 mm.Gravure de Hubert PONSCARME.Sur l'avers: l'effigie de la République ailée était entourée de la légende REPVBLIQVE FRANÇAISE.Sur le revers : un cartouche nominatif rectangulaire, surmonté d'un caducée et d'une palme, était entouré de l'inscription MINISTERE DE LA GVERRE , avec sur le bas, les mots DEVOVEMENT - EPIDEMIES.
The IWM item showing that they have the BWM.:
Also,her name is mentioned in the London Gazette of 21st July 1919.see the following links;
Now, I will greatly appreciate if anyone could get me a copy of the LG for the date and,can someone tell me why she received this French medal given by the French government for"bravery and dedication" or ANY other information on this subject.
(while serving on an hospital ship ????)