Grace was a Red Cross Nurse. who survived WWI and died in February 1930 age 42.

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Nurse Grace Broadbery

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The inscription reads:

GRACE BANWELL / LOVING WIFE OF HAROLD BANWELL / DIED FEB. 24TH 1930 / AGED 42 YEARS / REST IN PEACE

Nurse  Grace Banwell (Broadbery) wrote a series of letters about her service  during the war, which were  published in the Gainsborough News. Grace  arrived in Ostend in August  1914, by the end of August she was  at the Belgian town of Charleroi. While she was there. the town was  occupied by the Germans.

She, and others, escaped and her account was published in the local paper. She  left England for Cherbourg in  January 1915 and in 1917 returned to  England.

Grace's  bravery and dedication to her patients earned her several awards - the  Mons Star, British War  Medal, Victory Medal, Belgian Decoration from  the Queen of the Belgians,  Legion d'Honneur of France.

She also received a decoration from the Guild of St. Boniface and a decoration from the Order of St. John and Jerusalem.

Grace survived the war and married Harold Banwell, who also served during the War, in 1923.

She was held in such high esteem that she received a semi-military funeral. You can read more about Nurse

Broadbery in Peter Bradshaw's book - Gainsborough's War Story. And also in a  'Brave Hearts - The Great War 1914-18' written by Grace's son-in-law,  David Cairns.

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The headstone before restoration

The headstone after  restoration

Grace Broadbery

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