Nurse Muriel May Jackson: The Forgotten Hero of Severalls

A number of buildings were damaged in the WW2 air raid of Colchester, August 1942.
A number of buildings were damaged in the WW2 air raid of Colchester, August 1942.

On 11th August 1942, the Luftwaffe dropped three 500lb bombs on Colchester. One of those bombs hit the West wing of Severalls and damaged a number of buildings including a ward, nurses accommodation and the laundry. 21 year old nurse Muriel May Jackson, armed with just a small torch, removed debris midst the chaos and immediately began to tend to the injured. She would later guide doctors safely through the debris so that they could attend to the wounded.

Nurse Muriel May Jackson was commended for her brave conduct in the early hours of that fateful morning.

Brave Nurse Jackson would later be recommended for brave conduct in Civil Defence, as noted in the London Gazette on 20th November 1942.

Nurse Muriel May Jackson was commended for her bravery during the bombing of Severalls
Nurse Muriel May Jackson was commended for her bravery during the bombing of Severalls
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