Flora Sandes (1876 - 1956)
The only British woman officially to serve as a soldier in World War I. Initially a St. John Ambulance volunteer, she traveled to Serbia, where, in the confusion of war, she was formally enrolled in the Serbian army. She was subsequently promoted to the rank of Sergeant major, and, after the war, to Captain. When Germany launched its attack on Yugoslavia in April 1941, Sandes was recalled to military service, but the invasion was over before she could take up any military duties. She was briefly interned by the Germans, before being released on parole. Sandes subsequently returned to England. She spent the last years of her life in Suffolk, where she died.
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