Flora Sandes, the only British female soldier to fight for the allies in WW1

Daughter of Irish couple became Belgrade’s first taxi driver after Armistice

During the Serbian retreat into Albania, Flora Sandes became a soldier.

During the Serbian retreat into Albania, Flora Sandes became a soldier.

2018 marks the centenary of women’s achievement of the parliamentary vote in Ireland. The ‘Blazing a Trail’ exhibition at Epic, The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin, in association with Herstory and the Department of Foreign Affairs, is celebrating the achievements of pioneering Irishwomen across the globe, before touring to embassies and other venues worldwide. In a series of four articles throughout November, Dr Angela Byrne highlights a different woman from the Irish diaspora each week whose work contributed to the cause of equality in a number of fields.

As the Armistice centenary is commemorated worldwide this weekend, we remember Flora Sandes, the only British woman - with a strong Irish connection too - to officially serve in an allied army during the first World War.

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