Today we remember: Nellie Spindler
On International Women’s Day, we are remembering Nellie Spindler, and all women who have served.
Nellie Spindler was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, in September 1891 to Elizabeth and George. George was a Sergeant and later Inspector in the local police force. Nellie was the oldest of two daughters.
Nellie entered the nursing profession before the war. In 1911, she was a hospital nurse at the City Fever Hospital, Wakefield, and later transferred to the Township Infantry in Leeds and then Whittington Military Hospital in Litchfield.
After the outbreak of war, Nellie joined the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service and in May 1917, travelled to the front.
On 21 August 1917 Nellie’s hospital at Brandhoek, Belgium, was shelled and at 11am Nellie was hit along with four other nurses by an exploding shell. Nellie soon became unconscious and died 20 minutes later in the arms of a fellow nurse. She was 26.
Nellie was buried with full military honours the next day and remains in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery – the only woman among more than 10,000 men