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Remembered Today:

Sister Catherine O'Rorke

Guest Derrybeg

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If you're referring to the Catherine O'Rorke who worked for the Scottish Women's Hospital at Royaumont, she gets several mentions in Eileen Crofton's book 'The Women of Royaumont' - brief, but might add a bit more. It's an excellent read about the life and work of the hospital in general.


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If it is the Catherine that worked for the Scottish Women's Hospital, this is on Page 49 Feb 1932 "British Journal of Nursing"

The death of Sister Catherine O’Rorke in a Nursing Home

at Territet, Switzerland, brings to mind memories of the

Great War, for Sister Catherine underwent the alarming

experience of being arrested with, Miss Edith Cavell (in

whose home she was working) by the Germans in Brussels.

She subsequently served as a nurse in France, at the

Scottish Women’s Hospital at Royaumont, and through a

typhus epidemic at Vranja, Serbia, after which she spent

eight years at the Children’s Hospital in Belgrade.

Miss O’Rorke was awarded by the French Government

the Medaille Militaire, and by the Serbian Government the

Order of St. Sava. She also received the Croix de Guerre

of France, and the Cross of the Red Cross Society, Belgrade.


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