Marion Patterson George Medal Award World War Two Heroine

On the 7th August 1942 Marion Patterson was decorated for bravery by being awarded the George Medal for rescuing a serviceman who was trapped in a building in Market Street, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which was about to collapse. She was awarded another 5 medals during World War 2 for her actions as a Civil Defence senior fireguard. During this time she was a mum bringing up young children and worked as a hairdresser.

The medals are on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery having been purchased in 2005 by the Aberdeen City Council and the Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums. They form part of the Artists At War display

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I have published a book which tells the story of an Aberdonian military nurse who returns from Afghanistan and encounters The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital. The novel reveals her origins and takes him to a pre-war Duthie Park, modern day Cruden Bay and back to the past to the Battle of Loos in World War One where he witnesses the Gordon Highlanders in action. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by me, CG Buswell, and each book will feature a well known Aberdeen ghost and Aberdeenshire area as well as modern Scottish Infantry in action. Read the first chapter for free.

Just under 40 women won the UK George Medal.

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