ABOUT MAY WEDDERBURN CANNAN
May was the second of three daughters of Charles Cannan, Dean of Trinity College, Oxford. In 1911, at the age of 18 she joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment, training as a nurse and eventually reaching the rank of Quartermaster. Sharon Ouditt, writing of women's role in the war, noted that: "For the nurses it was, like the nun's cross, the badge of their equal sacrifice." In a poem by May Wedderburn Cannan the Red Cross sign is seen to be equivalent to the crossed swords indicating her lover's death in battle: And all you asked of fame Was crossed swords in the Army List, My Dear, against your name.
Credits to Woodcote Primary School