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Ruth was born Ruth Elizabeth Taylor in Walsall Wood in 1870.
At 14 years of age she entered the nursing profession and served during the South African War as an Army sister attached to the Northumberland Fusiliers.
During the course of her duties she was wounded by a bullet which entered her side. Her injuries were such that she required several operations necessitating the removal of pieces of bone.
For her services she was awarded the Kin’s and Queen’s medals, the former with 5 bars, Cape Colony, Tugela heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith and Transvall. The latter medal has 2 bars, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902.
Ruth earned a degree in Medicine and was about to retire from the service in 1914 when, according to newspapers,
“on arriving, with a number of troops at an English port from one of the colonies, she was not allowed to land. Proceeding straight to the scene of the action she renewed her noble calling within sound of the guns and at Mons had the alarming experience of being in a hospital which was being shelled by the Germans.”
She was again wounded towards the end of 1914 receiving injuries to both arms and a foot. She was returned to England and received her discharge.
Lord Kitchener himself sent ‘a special silver medal’ to Ruth with a personal note stating
“Presented to Sister Taylor M.D. With every success, hoping you live many years to wear it. Lord Kitchener’.
Ruth married Amos Bagley, a widower with 6 children, at Lichfield on Sunday 3 January 1915 and then resided at High Street, Brownhills.
Taken ill, Ruth entered Birmingham Hospital towards the end of 1916 and passed away 9 weeks later. The newspapers reported that she died
“in consequence upon a complaint which is understood to have arisen from the wound in her side.”
She was buried at Ogley Hay Cemetery on Thursday 11 January 1917 with military honours, a party of the South Staffordshire Regiment stationed at Lichfield being present. The service was conducted by the Curate in Charge, the Reverend Scott.
Newspapers also reported that Ruth was a survivor from the “Titanic”, however it cannot be confirmed that she was aboard at the time.
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