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Agnes served at the hospital between November 1915-May 1916 and again in the autumn of 1916. Date of Bith: 1891Place of Birth: Kent, England Born in Belvedere, Kent.

A secret Nazi military base in the Arctic has been discovered by Russian scientists.

The site – located on the island of Alexandra Land 1,000km from the North Pole 0150 was constructed in 1942, a year after Adolf Hitler invaded Russia.

The hospital was situated near the front line and nursed 10,861 patients, many with serious injuries.

The fact that the death rate among the mainly French servicemen was 1.82% is a testimony to the skill, endless compassion and boundless energy shown by the women.

It was codenamed “Schatzgraber” or “Treasure Hunter” by the Germans and was primarily used as a tactical weather station.

The base was abandoned when the scientists stationed there were poisoned by polar bear meat in 1944 and had to be rescued by a German U-boat.The island was vital during the Second World War as the meterological reports it produced were essential for planning the movement of troops, submarines and ships.The name given to the base has led some to believe it may have had another secret mission – with some specialists speculating that it might have been used for the pursuit of ancient relics.By dint of much hard work the hospital was eventually given it certificate by the Service de Sante of the French Red Cross.Their work was unremitting, the winters bitter and I was left with unstinting admiration for this very gallant band of doctors, nurses, orderlies ambulance drivers, cooks, who gave so much to their patients throughout the war.Her father Joseph was a Schoolmaster and as a family they tended to move around.