Georgie Fyfe

Georgie Fyfe was born on the 10th of April in Kelvinside, Glasgow. She was raised on Montgomerie Drive, which is now 1 Cleveden Drive near the botanic gardens of the city’s West End.

At the age of 46 Georgie was the Girl Guide Commissioner for the West of Scotland, an organisation she would be tied to both before and after the war, and a cause which continues to champion her now. When fighting broke out, Georgie was quick to join the Munro Ambulance Corps for wounded soldiers which was based in Belgium. Concerned about the civilians who she saw being affected by war throughout Belgium, Georgie turned her own car into what was coined the “Scottish Ambulance” and focused its service on the rescue of wounded civilians.

As well as her brave role in the Ambulance Corps, Georgie also played a large role in the running of a maternity hospital and hospice and the evacuation of bombarded villagers in war zones. Containing 400 beds, it is documented that several thousand individuals passed through the hospice in a matter of months, this is just one fact that confirms the Belgian Relief Effort and countless lives were touched by the important roles and strong character of Georgie. The maternity hospital had 20 beds for mothers and saw nearly a 100 little Belgians born. She evacuated more than 1,300 children to safety to France and Switzerland.

At the war’s end, Georgie Fyfe was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Ordre de Leopold for her courage and actions in time of great crisis. She returned to Glasgow and became County Commissioner and later County President of her beloved Glasgow Girl Guides. She died in 1963. Today a collection of 50 photographs cements her memory as a war heroine in the collection of the Imperial War Museum.

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