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WWI: How two wartime nurses became the first Canadian women to win the Military Medal for their bravery

After their field hospital was hit by a German bomb, nurses Eleanor Thompson and Meta Hodge rushed soldiers to safety - despite their own injuries.

Eleanor Thompson and Meta Hodge saved the lives of wounded soldiers after their field hospital was attacked.

Women of World War I

5 years ago
Duration 1:57
Nurses Eleanor Thompson and Meta Hodge become the first Canadian women to get a wartime medal for valour.

During World War I, thousands of Canadian women volunteered to go overseas to serve as nursing sisters. Two of those women are Meta Hodge (who signs up after losing two brothers on the front) and Eleanor Thompson.

The pair become the first Canadian women to win the Military Medal for their bravery after their hospital is hit by a German bomb; ignoring their own injuries, they pull themselves out of the rubble and rush the wounded soldiers to safety. 

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