Shrewton remembers World War One nurse a century on

St Mary's Church Shrewton War Memorial

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:15pm 30th November 2018. (Updated at 2:31pm 30th November 2018)

Nurse Daisy Dimmer was the only female from the Salisbury Plain Benefice who died while serving during the conflict.

The Shrewton branch of the Royal British Legion has been working to commemorate the lives of every local serviceman that died as a result of the First World War.

Today (Friday November 30th) marks 100 years to the day since Nurse Dimmer died.

As well as being the only Salisbury Plain Benefice (Shrewton, Orcheston, Tilshead, Chitterne) woman who passed, she was one of just 655 female casualties, compared to over 700,000 men from across Great Britain.

Shrewton War Memorial Nurse Daisy Dimmer November 2018
A special ceremony's been held at Shrewton's War Memorial this morning to commemorate Nurse Dimmer's life

Local female vicar Reverend Eleanor Rance led the commemoration with prayers and blessings, with a female standard bearer too.

Year 6 pupils from Shrewton Primary School have been involved too, with a posy of poppies laid at the War Memorial.

One of those Shrewton pupils at the service is aptly named Daisy Almond.

Shrewton War Memorial Nurse Daisy Dimmer November 2018
Left to right: Standard bearer Maureen Hansford, Shrewton Primary pupil Daisy Almond and Reverend Eleanor Rance at the commemoration

WHO WAS DAISY DIMMER?

Daisy Violet Dimmer was born in Shrewton in April 1887, to parents Mary and Frank.

She was a nurse during the First World War, based at an Army Hospital in Reading, where troops were brought back from the frontline for treatment.

In November 1918, there was an outbreak of Spanish flu which killed millions worldwide, including Daisy.

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