The British Embassy in Serbia has partnered up with the Serbia Post to launch a series of stamps commemorating five Scottish heroines of WW1.
Five women who worked as doctors, nurses and drivers feature on the new stamps, as well as a sixth English woman, Captain Flora Sandes, who was the only British female to bear arms during WW1.
The five Scottish women are:
Evelina Haverfield – British suffragette and humanitarian worker. She was the chief administrator of Scottish Women Hospitals in Serbia, where she set up one of the first local orphanages.
Dr Elsie Inglis – Campaigner for women’s suffrage and the founder of the Scottish Women Hospitals in Serbia. Dr Inglis was one of the first female graduates at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Elizabeth Ross – One of the first women to obtain the medical degree at the University of Glasgow. She travelled to Serbia as a volunteer and tragically passed away during the typhoid epidemic in 1915.
Dr Katherine MacPhail OBE – Involved in humanitarian work in Serbia throughout the First World War. She is remembered for opening the first paediatric ward in Belgrade in 1921.
Dr Isabel Emslie Galloway Hutton – Joined the Scottish Women Hospitals as a volunteer in 1915 after she was turned away by the War Office in London. She served in France, Greece and Serbia until 1920.
Also commemorated is Cpt Flora Sandes, who went to Serbia in 1914 with other British nurses, however she ended up enlisting in the Serbian Army where she was the only female officer. She remained in Belgrade after WW1 and volunteered to fight the Nazis during the attack on Yugoslavia in April 1941. She was decorated with the highest Serbian military medal for her contribution in combat.
The stamps are part of British Embassy Belgrade’s ‘Great women of WW1’ campaign – dedicated to more than 600 British women who served in Serbia.
As well as remembering their contribution to the war effort, the Embassy’s campaign has been highlighting the women’s values, such as universal suffrage, solidarity, and social and gender equality, to help build strong relationships with leaders and communities in Serbia.