SISTER DORA 1832 – 1878
In 1886 a nurse known as Sister Dora became the first woman in Britain (other than royalty) to have a statue erected in their honour. (Worcester Journal 16th October 1886)
After a couple of years teaching, Sister Dora became a nun who devoted her life to nursing.
She worked in Walsall and during a smallpox epidemic looked after hundreds of patients.
She also looked after many railway workers who’d been involved in industrial accidents and was highly regarded by the men who provided her with pony and trap to help her visit housebound patients.
She was forty six when she died and her funeral was well attended by local people and workers from the railway.
The statue raised in her honour was only one of several other accolades. The London and North Western Railway named a locomotive after her and a stained glass window in a local church was dedicated to her memory.
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