Photograph contributed by Lorraine & Ford Hilton


Mrs. Bruce Ingraham is in receipt of a letter from a friend in London, telling of the award of honour, The Royal Red Cross, to Nursing Sister Jennie Robley of Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Sister Jennie was stationed at a casualty clearing station near the front lines when the last German advance was on and remained with the officers of the hospital until the last moment assisting them to get the wounded to a place of safety. During the course of this advance, the Germans shelled the hospital from the air and land. The Doctors, orderlies and Miss Robley rolled the wounded men in blankets and carried them to a wheat field some distance some distance back of the lines and hid them there. This was during continuous shellfire from the enemy guns.

For the action Sister Robley was awarded the Royal Red Cross and the decoration was given her by King George on April 6th at Buckingham Palace. Sister Robley was the guest of Queen Alexandra at Marlborough House. Sister Robley is the Sister of Mrs.( Rev.) A.J. MacDonald of Sydney and is well known here.

Sister Jennie Robley is the daughter of the late Mr.Thomas Robley.

(Pictou Advocate, 23rd May, 1918 p.8)

Contributed by Beverley Campbell