Harriet Simeon

Harriet Simeon
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  • When Harriet Simeon's went to fight in WWI she followed him overeseas. 
  • Women were not allowed to serve in combat so Harriet enlisted as a nurse. She served as a nurse in Egypt, Britain and France. 
  • In 1918 Harriet enlisted in the new Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF)
  • In 1919 she was promoted to Assistant Air Commandant making her the highest ranking woman in the WRAF. 
  • When she returned from the war she petitioned the Government to be recognised as a returned soldier and to be properly paid. 
  • Many people found it hard to believe that a woman had held such a high rank in the WRAF.  Harriet is proof that women made a contribution to WWI even though that contribution is often not recognised.
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