Violet Cross had been nursing with the French Army in 1940 when she was captured by the invading German Army. At the request of the Germans Violet set up a small hospital and worked there until France capitulated when she made up her mind to escape. She managed to obtain French papers made out in the name of Violette Cross and was granted permission to go to Paris in order to get a pass to Spain, where she said her husband was living (she was not married). Violet had also been a nurse in France during World War One where she had been decorated with six medals, including the Croix de Guerre and the Medaille de la Reconnaissance Fran??aise. . Esacaping to Britain from Portugal in 1940 she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) as a sergeant, serving throughout the remainder of the war. After the war she lived at the Manor House, Hazelbury Bryan, and Broadmayne. . This collection is made up from two note books recording her escape from France and which were to be used in a lecture to the ATS telling of her escape..
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