Glass Remembered …. Mary Bennet

Miss Mary Bennet


Mary BennetPicture Courtesy of Royal College of Nursing Archives

Huntly Express  March 5 1915

Miss Mary Bennet, daughter of Mr Jas. Bennet, Parkhall, Glass is to be decorated with the Royal Red Cross.   Nurse Bennet is on one of the hospital ships at sea.   She was one of the nurses in the Rohilla, which was wrecked off Whitby, and shortly before that experience she nursed Prince Albert till he was able to be landed at Aberdeen for his operation.   In recognition of this service Miss Bennet received a photograph of the Prince in a silver frame, and also a letter of thanks.   All her friends in Glass are very pleased to hear of the honour which is to be conferred on her, and offer heartiest congratulations upon it.


Newcastle Journal 1 March 1915

The King has been graciously pleased to confer the decoration of the Royal Red Cross on Miss Mary Barbara Bennet, Sister in Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service.


Dundee Evening Telegraph 7 May 1915


Sister Mary B. Bennet, who has been decorated by the King at Buckingham Palace with the Royal Red Cross, won the honour on the occasion of the wreck of the hospital ship Rohilla off Whitby in November.

Only five women were on board the Rohilla at the time, four nurses and a stewardess.  When they were taken to shore they worked valiantly with Sister Mary in restoring the exhausted and the apparently drowned who reached the shore.

Sister Mary, who is quite a young nurse, having only entered the Service in 1910, is now serving on the Garth Castle.

The Royal Red Cross was established by King Edward for “conspicuous gallantry” in nursing the sick and wounded in the army and navy.


Reading Mercury 27 November 1915


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has received a substantial donation from the doctors and nurses at present attached to the Hospital Ship No. 2 several of whom were on the Rohilla at the time she went ashore on the rocks off the Yorkshire coast on October 20 of last year.  It was sent as an acknowledgment of the bravery and kindness exhibited upon that occasion by the crews of the Tynemouth and Whitby lifeboats.  It may be remembered that Sister Mary Barbara Bennett, who in conjunction with three other nursing sisters and a stewardess, was amongst the rescued on this occasion, was later awarded the Royal Red Cross by the King in acknowledgment of the distinguished services rendered by her to those who were suffering from injuries or immersion both at the time of the disaster and after. – “The Nursing Mirror”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.