Lieutenant Colonel Janet Pilgrim RRC is a British Army nurse who was awarded the Royal Red Cross in 2008 for her services in Iraq (when a Major). As commander of the Basra air base's field hospital during the battle with the Mehdi Army, she led the busiest British field hospital since the Falklands War. The hospital itself came under heavy fire on many occasions.
Pilgrim was educated at King's College London and is a member of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. She also served in Bosnia and Kosovo, prior to her deployment to Basra, and subsequently commanded the base hospital at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. She was nominated by Cosmopolitan Magazine for their Ultimate Woman of the Year 2008 award.
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- Peterkin, Tom (4 August 2008). "Major Janet Pilgrim wins the Royal Red Cross first awarded to Florence Nightingale". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/onthefrontline/2497002/Major-Janet-Pilgrim-wins-the-Royal-Red-Cross-first-awarded-to-Florence-Nightingale.html. Retrieved 26 March 2009.
- "Nursing Major Wins Top Award" www.localnewsglasgow.co.uk
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