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Miriam Knowles Honored for Service to Country

“In her short life Miriam displayed the qualities that we still hope to inspire in present and future George School students—a youthful sense of service to humanity and the greater good,” said Dave Long, George School’s archivist.”

The one-hundredth anniversary of Miriam Knowles’ death will be commemorated in Yardley, Pennsylvania on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Miriam was a Class of 1908 graduate of George School who died in service to the United States during World War I. Her legacy lives on through veterans who honored her by naming the American Legion Post 317 in Yardley as the Knowles-Doyle Post.

“In her short life Miriam displayed the qualities that we still hope to inspire in present and future George School students—a youthful sense of service to humanity and the greater good,” said Dave Long, George School’s archivist, who views Miriam as an inspiration. “Today her name is included on a plaque next to the main athletic field that honors George School alumni who died during the, sadly misnamed, war to end all wars.”

While at George School, Miriam studied subjects including English, French, physics, math, and history. Upon graduation from George School, Miriam continued her education at Wellesley College and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

She joined a medical unit at Johns Hopkins that went to France shortly after the United States declared war. She traveled with sixty-five nurses, a full staff of physicians, surgeons, orderlies, and a hundred-enlisted mechanics, to staff a complete hospital overseas. Tragically, her family learned that she died from scarlet fever five months after she sailed.

American Legion Post 317 Historian Michael Werner is organizing the service to remember Miriam. During the service, he will give a full detailed biography of Miriam and share her story with the community. The service is scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., and will be held at St. Andrew’s Cemetery at 47 W. Afton Ave., Yardley, PA.

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