Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal awarded to Olive Prentice.

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Medals, including the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal, awarded to Olive Prentice.

Olive Prentice was Florence Nightingale’s first cousin, once removed. She was a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) during the First World War and Director of the British Red Cross London branch during the Second World War.

Other medals attached include the Royal Red Cross (2nd Class), Order of St John of Jerusalem, 1914-1918 British War Medal, 1914-1918 Victory Medal (oak leaf for mention in despatches), 1939-1945 Defence Medal, 1939-1945 War Medal, King George V Jubilee Medal, King George VI Coronation Medal, and Voluntary Medical Services Medal.

Black and white photograph showing Olive Prentice when Her Majesty The Queen visited the British Red Cross headquarters in 1956.
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The medal was struck by the Royal Mint in celebration of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953. It was given as a personal souvenir from Her Majesty The Queen. UK and Commonwealth citizens were eligible to receive this medal.

Recipients included members of the Royal Family and Royal Household, public servants, government officials, members of the armed forces and police. Many British Red Cross volunteers were also awarded the medal.
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British Red Cross Society. London Branch

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