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Red Cross honour for Army nurse.

A nurse from the North-East has been honoured for her bravery and dedication while working in some of the world's worst trouble-spots since joining the Army nine years ago.

Major Jan Pilgrim - who was brought up in Tynemouth and worked at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital - has helped provide vital medical back-up for British troops serving in the conflict zones of Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Major Pilgrim, 37, is waiting to go to Buckingham Palace to receive the Associate of the Royal Red Cross in recognition of her work last year as a senior nurse with the 34 Field Hospital in Afghanistan.

Serving with the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, she has been honoured for her outstanding medical work during a highly-infectious viral outbreak which almost claimed the lives of two British soldiers.

Her commendation praises her calm leadership, clinical skills and total professionalism, often under extreme pressure and with depleted staff resources.

Major Pilgrim, whose mother, Sandra Taylor, lives in Morpeth, Northumberland, has already won the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for her work in Kosovo.

She has recently returned from serving in the Gulf conflict to her home at Aldershot where she lives with her husband, Terry, a civilian computer worker with the Ministry of Defence.

Major Pilgrim attended Marden High School, Whitley Bay, and lived with her mother and late father, Dr William Taylor, in Abbey Drive, Tynemouth. She trained as a nurse on North Tyneside and worked for two years at the Freeman before being commissioned in the Royal Army Nursing Corps in 1994. She said: "I am delighted at gaining this Red Cross award, but the work I do, although stressful at times, is extremely rewarding and can only be as effective as its team members."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2003
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