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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

THE DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF MARY SEACOLE

FULL NAME: Mary Jane Seacole
NATIONAILITY: Jamaican
PROFESSION: Nurse

BORN: Nov 23rd 1805
DIED: May 14th 1881

Mary Seacole, a Jamaican born nurse has the reputation of a heroine during the Crimean war and a pioneering nurse of her time.

Mary Seacole sailed to the Crimea war at her own expense. She and Thomas Day (a relative in the shipping business) opened the British Hotel near Balaclava in 1855. The roughly built hotel was also an officers’ club and had a popular canteen serving good food. Using it as a base, she would take mules laden with food, wine and medicines across country to the battlefield front lines at Redan, Sebastopol and Tchernaya. She obtained special passes, which allowed her to look after the wounded and dying on both sides.

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| FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS STORY VISIT |
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/seacole_mary.shtml

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