"'She went to Serbia with the Red Cross'"

Serbia is a land-locked European country. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia in July 1914, an event that triggered the First World War.

At the beginning of the war, the British Red Cross and the Order of St. John organised Voluntary Aid Detachments to work in hospitals and other settings, both in Britain and abroad. The name VADs was given to the women who staffed these units as nurses, first-aid workers and cooks.

In World War One, women members of the Red Cross and other organisations worked, and often died, in many European countries including Serbia, Russia, Romania, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Italy, France and Belgium.