A Canadian resident named Carol Jephson was watching her favorite history program on TV when suddenly she saw a picture of her grandmother, nurse Olive Buller, on the screen. As it turned out, historians hadn't been able to identify many of World War I heroes for years.
Jephson told reporters that she couldn't believe her eyes at first. But when she compared photos of her grandmother with the archive picture on the program Antique Roadshow on the channel BBC, no doubts remained.
From the story of the program, a woman learned that her grandmother served in the military country hospital Wrest Park in Luton, in the south of Great Britain, but there were no official records of hundreds of doctors or nurses - all documents were burned in a fire in 1916. Because of this, back in 2018, the historical organization English Heritage announced a massive search for relatives who could help restore the lists of female heroes.
The nurse's granddaughter immediately contacted the organization. Thanks to her grandmother's notebooks and several group photos, they were able to identify several more of her fellow nurses. Now the organization's workers are busy looking for their relatives.
At one time, its owner, Oberon Herbert, proposed the conversion of the Wrest Park Mansion mentioned above into a hospital. This project was realized by September 1914. According to historian Andrew Hahn, today it is important for them to preserve the memory of the women who saved the lives of soldiers. In addition, the data will help diversify the hospital's museum.
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