Woman’s WW1 work for Belgium recognised

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Auckland
A New Zealand woman whose charity work helped Belgian refugees and military personnel during in World War One will have a plaque unveiled in her honour at her restored grave in Wellington.
Elizabeth Pinfold was instrumental in creating the Belgian Relief Fund, after reading about thousands of Belgian refugees in London, and it set about raising money and clothing.
The Belgian Ambassador, Jean-Luc Bodson, will unveil the plaque in Karori Cemetery on Friday.
The event is part of the centenary commemorations to mark contributions made by Wellingtonians during the Great War, whether overseas or at home.
After the war, Mrs Pinfold was among 33 women in New Zealand honoured by Belgium with the Queen Elisabeth Medal for their work for the country and its citizens.
Ministry for Culture and Heritage senior historian Imelda Bargas said she visited Mrs Pinfold’s grave three years ago and saw there was no information about her contribution. She said that inspired her to start a project to provide more information about the medallists. NZN

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