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  • Name: Florence Alice ALLEN
  • D.O.B: 26th Sep, 1906
  • D.O.A: 31st May, 1935
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Nursery Nurse, Employed by Flight Lt C H Turner of No 5 (AC) Squadron, RAF Quetta
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 3

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Quetta and district, Baluchistan, India 31 May-14 June 1935

31 May-14 June 1935

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BETWEEN THE WARS 1919–39 

About 3am on 31 May 1935 Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan, and the surrounding area were struck by a devastating earthquake. Up to 60,000 people lost their lives. The London Gazette (no. 34221, 19 November 1935, pp. 7317-19) records 54 awards in connection with the Quetta earthquake (1 KCSI, 1 CIE, 3 OBE Military, 4 OBE Civil, 4 MBE Military, 5 MBE Civil, 4 RRC 1st Class, 1 Bar to Kaiser-i-Hind 1st Class, 9 Kaiser-i-Hind 1st Class, 8 AM, 9 EGM, 5 BEM Military for Meritorious Service). Of those awarded the AM or the EGM only ten lived long enough for their Medals to be converted to the GC.

Citation

 His Majesty The KING has been graciously pleased to award the Albert Medal in each of the following cases for services rendered in connection with the recent earthquake in Baluchistan:– Nurse Florence Alice Allen. At the risk of her life, and at the cost of terrible injuries to her leg, Miss Allen saved the life of the child in her charge by throwing herself across the cot. She has displayed the highest courage ever since. 

The London Gazette of 19 November 1935, Numb. 34221, p. 7317

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