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1941 - 1944

In 1941, the Mountbattens visited the USA, Edwina was there on behalf of the British Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance Brigade to thank those who had raised over £5 million for the cause.  Mountbatten himself coached Edwina in public speaking and the couple were received with warm affection.  Once again, Edwina’s smile, memory for statistics, names and occasions made her a real star in the USA, and it was always remarked that she made people feel like they were her personal friend.  

Insignia of a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

A formal portrait of Edwina

in her St John’s Ambulance Brigade uniform

In 1942, Edwina was appointed Superintendent-in-Chief of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade and made a Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 1943 and other honours were to come, from being appointed a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (D.C.V.O.) in 1946 to the American Red Cross Medal, amongst others.

Edwina inspecting

St John’s Ambulance volunteers

in Reading 1943

Insignia of a

Commander of the British Empire

A short film by Pathé showing Edwina inspecting hospitals in 1944

Edwina, Countess Mountbatten of Burma

In October 1944, Edwina had just returned from the Netherlands, and received a signal from Mountbatten asking for her to join him and to help him in the task of recovery after a great military campaign dealing with liberated prisoners of War, refugees and the dispossessed. Mountbatten’s “Forgotten Army” were making considerable gains and it was up to both Mountbatten and Edwina to bring peace and stability to the region.  

1945 - 1946