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Sybil Lonie Lewis, Old St Paul's Church, Edinburgh

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:00 pm    Post subject: Sybil Lonie Lewis, Old St Paul's Church, Edinburgh Reply with quote

Not listed on UKNIWM.

OS Map Reference NT 260 738



Exremely difficult to photograph so here is a transcription:

"In this spot are immurred the ashes of Dr Sybil Lonie Lewis a faithful and loving member of this congregation of Christ's church who died March 10th 1918 after working in Serbia on the start of the Scottish Women's Hospital 1915,6,7 and of the Serbian Relief Fund 1917. Her experiences in the campaign and as a prisoner of war so undermined her health that she died shortly after her return home. In recognition of her services, HM the King of Serbia conferred on her the order of Saint Sava. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

and her obituary from the British Medical Journal

"DR. SYBIL LONIE LEWIS, who died at Hull on March 1Oth
after a slhort illness, was born in 1874. Shie studied medicine
in Edinburgh and Dublin, having previously been
trained in nursing and midwifery, and obtained the
L.R.C.P., L.R.C.S., and L.R.F.P.S. diplomas in 1905.
After serving as assistaint resident medical officer at the
Larbert Asylum she began practice in Hull, and held the
appointment of school medical officer and the honorary
medical officerships of the Diocesan Maternity Home, the
Hull Sheltering Home for Girls, and the West Hull
creche. In the spring of 1915 Dr. Lewis volunteered for
work in Serbia, and went out there in June under the
Scottish Women's Hospitals. She was in Serbia when the
country was overrun by the eniemy and the hospital staffs
taken prisoners in 1915. Althouglh a Red Cross party,
they were detained in Hungary for four montlhs, under
the roughest conditions, and were not released and sent
home until February, 1916. Dr. Lewis went out again in
August, 1916; and worked with the Serbian army in
Macedonia and among the civilian refugees till December,
1917, when she was recalled by urgent need at home..
Slhe received the Serbian, decoration, of the Order of
St. Sava. Fourth Class, in recognition: of herdevoted work
among the Serbs. Her illness lasted only three days, but,
in the opinion of tbe surgeon attending her, the conditions
causing it were contracted abroad, and her name must be
added to the growing list of medical women who have given their lives for Serbia."

There is nothing to be found about her on the web apart from the obituary, so this post goes some way to remedy that omission.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She is also remembered on the WW1 memorial within the church.
She is recorded by the SNWM.

Surname: LEWIS
Firstname: Sybil Leonie Dr
SNWM roll: WOMEN'S SERVICES

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