Attr: Daily Mirror - Tuesday 30 November 1915 Image © Mirrorpix/Reach Licensing.
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The name of ‘The Joan Arc of The North’ was Émilienne Moreau. The remarkable deeds of this young French lady during the Battle of Loos were recognised by French and British Authorities within a very short period after the Battle of Loos was over.
Her bravery and actions in the face of the German enemy led to her decoration with military medals as illustrated in this headline from ‘The Daily Mirror’. Her recognition took on other dimensions as the media found many ways to highlight her actions. In Britain, a film was made to tell her story.
Émilienne, married to Just Evrard in 1932, was to continue to display her courage and love of France during World War II. Her association with Scotland was to be marked in more recent times with a room named after at the French Institute. The Institute recently re- located close to St Giles Cathedral in the heart of Edinburgh. The Auditorium in this new location is known as Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard.