Mrs Olive M Aldridge

Organising Secretary 1904 – 1915

After leaving the employment of the Council she went to Serbia in July 1915 as a member of 3rd Serbian Relief Unit to work in a village dispensary in Vitanovatz. On October Serbia was invaded by the Austro-Hungarian, German and Bulgarian armies and Olive worked in a field hospital in Kragujevarz. She was evacuated with the defeated Serbian army , which retreated to the Albanian coast along with tens of thousands of civilians. Olive

Olive finally reached London on 23rd December and the following year wrote a book about her experiences, The Retreat From Serbia Through Montenegro and Albania, which can be read here

She was friends with the Australian novelist, Stella Miles Franklin, author of My Brilliant Career. Olive died in 1950.