In 2014 we commemorate the 100th anniversary since the onset of WW1, also known as the Great War
The media from around the world has followed the events linked with the anniversary almost daily with numerous stories and reportages. People and events that laid almost forgotten now appear from the past. The Independent came up with one hundred texts on the topic. One of them, published on May 14th, 2014, is about “Flora Sandes from Nether Poppleton, who became the first and only British woman to serve as a soldier in World War One”. Ms. Sandes was one of many women from Britain who came to Serbia during the war to take care of the wounded and ill. In the meantime, she was engaged in gathering humanitarian help, mostly the much-needed medicines. Later on, she joined the Serbian army and fought side by side with Serbian soldiers in some of the heaviest battles on the Salonica Front. “Initially a St. John’s Ambulance volunteer, she traveled to war-torn Serbia where she enlisted in the Serbian Army. Flora went on to receive Serbia’s highest military decoration, the Order of the Karadjordje’s Star and rose to the rank of sergeant major”.
A few years ago a TV drama was made in Serbia while currently one of the most popular books in the country is A Fine Brother by Louise Miller, dealing with the life of Sandes. “This story has grabbed the attention of Hollywood where serious plans are being conceived to turn Flora’s incredible life story into a movie this year”.
In Magellan Travel we pay special attention to the story of Flora Sends and other women–heroines of the Great War. We invite you to discover their stories while traveling through the Balkans.
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