The woman who took to the battlefield

Millions of men fought during World War One but only one woman did. She was Flora Sandes and from Suffolk.

The female fighter in World War One

Flora Sandes Credit: ITV News Anglia

The only woman to enlist and fight in World War One was a lady from Suffolk.

Flora Sandes, who was from Orford, was initially a volunteer for the St John's Ambulance but was determined to do more.

She travelled to Serbia where she enrolled in the army and was awarded the equivalent of the Victoria Cross - and mentioned in Dispatches twice for exceptional bravery.

ITV News Anglia reporter Tanya Mercer has been to meet her great nephew.

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