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BerichtGeplaatst: 20 Jul 2017 21:57    Onderwerp: Heroine's name must be removed from war memorial Read more a Reageer met quote

The name of a First World War heroine is to be removed from a memorial on the outskirts of Plymouth - just months after it was finally added.

Kitty Trevelyan left the tiny Dartmoor village Meavy and went to war, but never returned - and was all but forgotten for 100 years.

On the centenary of her death, in February this year, her name was finally etched on a war memorial in her home village. However, Burrator Parish Council has revealed Kitty's name will now have to be removed - following objections from a local resident and the War Memorials Trust.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/heroine-s-name-must-be-removed-from-war-memorial/story-30447539-detail/story.html#7kzQAFDjt1lsACd6.01
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Kitty Trevelyan - the girl who went to war and was forgotten for 100 years

A girl who left a tiny Dartmoor village on the outskirts of Plymouth and went to war but never returned - and was all but forgotten for 100 years - has finally had her name added to a war memorial, on the centenary of her death.

At the height of the First World War in In 1916, Kitty Trevelyan, who was then aged just 17, signed up for the Voluntary Aid Detachment - the VAD - and left Meavy near Yelverton, for the battlefields of France.

Despite coming from a well-to-do family - albeit one that had been torn apart by domestic abuse - Kitty signed up to work as a 'skivvy', feeding the troops of the frontline.

It's not known how Kitty managed to sign up as, at 17, she was too young to join the VAD, which had a miminum age requirement of 21.


However, Kitty was clearly determined to help in the war effort and join she did, and worked in Army canteens in France for about 13 months .

Then, in 1917, while still in France, Kitty became ill with measles, developed pneumonia and died, in a foreign land, on February 27, 1917. She was just 19 years old.

Kittty is buried in a Commonwealth war grave in Wimereaux in the Pas de Calais, France.

However, her name was never added to the war memorial in her home village, and her sacrifice had gone unrecognised for a century - until a small non-profit organisation based in Cornwall uncovered her story .

Wenches in Trenches has been providing help and support to ex-service personnel, since 2007 - and owns a genuine WW1 Field Hospital with hundreds of instruments which is available for exhibit as a tribute to the brave women who served in the First World War.

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http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/kitty-trevelyan-the-girl-who-went-to-war-and-was-forgotten-for-100-years/story-30137921-detail/story.html
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