G.VI.R. (Miss Laura Bateman. M.B., B.C.R.,), on bow for ladies. With box of issue. Extremely fine. (2)
George Medal London Gazette 13.6.1941.
Medical Officer, Brook Hospital, Shooter's Hill.
When the Brook Hospital was bombed two maids were imprisoned by debris. Dr. Bateman quickly relieved the suffering of the first maid but the other was buried under girders and masonry. Dr. Bateman volunteered to crawl under the wreckage and administer an anaesthtic. A porter held her suspended by her ankles, while she reached the casualty and successfully carried out the injection. A slight subsidence might have resulted in her being trapped and fatally crushed. The danger was very apparent but this did not deter Dr. Bateman from carrying out a gallant and difficult action.