Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of BurmaEdwina Mountbatten, 1940s

Edwina Mountbatten was instrumental in the promotion of St John Ambulance as a modern international first aid organisation. She joined St John Ambulance in 1939, at the outbreak of WWII.

Edwina became a great advocate for the vital medical service that St John Ambulance provides. Following the end of the WWII, Edwina was heavily involved in the role that St John Ambulance played alongside the International Red Cross, in the repatriation of prisoners of war. She travelled throughout the Far East and supported the successful return of more than 90,000 prisoners captured by the Japanese.

In 1947, Edwina travelled to India with her husband, who had been appointed Viceroy. At a time of great change for the country, this was a politically sensitive post. Yet Edwina continued her charitable mission to improve standards of nursing care and first aid for those in need.

Source: Museum of the Order of St John

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