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WWI PAIR OF MEDALS & RARE NURSING BADGES TO C.A.B. HUNTER

** NEW ** The staggering New Zealand nurse's medal pair and rare badges accompanied by a complete copy of her diary of events taking her from Belgian Field Hospitals to Russia before eventual evacuation. Consiting of: WWI War Medal to C. Hunter; WWI Victory Medal to C.A.B. Hunter; 1915 Anglo Russian Hospital badge; hallmarked silver metal and enamel Russian Red Cross badge; enamel N.Z.R.N. badge with reverse engraveed '680 C. hunter Ch. Ch. Hosp. 1908; hallmarked silver and enamel N.Z.A.N.S badge; Belgian Field Hospital enamel badge; hallmarked silver Maternity badge with reverse engraved '49 C. Hunter, Dunedin 1909'; Rectangular enamel Red Cross badge with '7801' stamped to reverse; enamel British Red Cross Society badge; 1916 French Serbia Day badge; silver NZ Returned Soldiers Association badge with reverse numbered 22/440; silver NZ Returned Soldiers Association pin. Accompanied by copy photographs of the recipient and a photocopy of her extensive diary.
Price:
£3,500.00
Description

Christine Hunter was the daughter of James Taylor Hunter, living at 42 Chester Street West, Christchurch Central, Canterbury, New Zealand. Hunter had taken up a post in Hawaii prior to the outbreak of WWI. On petitioning the New Zealand Government to assign her closer to the conflict, Hunter was one of four nurses selected to have theirfare to England subsidied. The journey took the group to San Francisco where they boarded a Pullman train that took them across America into Canada at Buffalo and on to New York where they boarded a ship to England. Hunter attended the British Red Cross Society offices and was posted to hospital in Sussex that had been requisitioned by the British Army. There followed a stint at the Royal Pavilion Hospital in Brighton before Hunter decided to go further still by accepting a post at a Belgian Field Hospital at Hoogstraden.

Early in 1916, Hunter signed up with the Scottish Women's Hospital in Corsica, nursing Serbian soldiers, primarily. It was after this that Hunter joined the Anglo-Russian Hospital set up by Lady Muriel Paget in the Dimitri Palace in Petrograd. Hunter found that the political situation in Russia had deteriorated that, to her surprise, some of the VADs, including a 19 year old princess form the Romanoff household, were attending for their own safety, as members of aristocracy were in danger. She recalled: "I witnessed a ghastly scene of the bodies of perhaps ten or more military cadets - young gentlemen all beyond human help. They lay in a row in their military coats and knee boots - this is the price they paid for training to defend their country. Russia was now in a bad way." Hunter was invited to visit the palace of Czar Tsarkoe Selo, but the matron declined this for the nurses' safety: "Two or three days later an officer called on matron and handed her a number of buttons from the Czar's tunic and coat. I was given two of them  - at their top is a Crown under the house of Romanoff & Nicholas II at the bottom." The hospital matron saw the situation worsening and allocated a small amount of bacon, rice stew and dark loaf to each nurse and ordered an evacuation to England via Sweden. Norway and Scotland. On reaching the latter, Hunter  briefly joined the he Nurse's Club, Edinburgh before attesting with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service in a succesful effort to be repatriated home.

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