A NURSE from Newport who treated injured soldiers during the First World War has been hailed in the Senedd.

Born in 1874, Annie Brewer served in France during the war and was awarded one of the highest gallantry honours the French government can bestow.

During the Battle of Verdun in 1916 Ms Brewer is reported to have been involved in 229 operations in seven days, or one every 45 minutes.

Speaking in the Senedd last week ahead of Friday’s International Nurses Day, Newport West AM Jayne Bryant called Ms Brewer “a truly amazing woman”.

“It was said that Annie gave a magnificent example of coolness and absolute disregard for danger, lavishing her care on the wounded under enemy fire,” she said.

“Annie returned to Newport after the war to care for her own mother, but died shortly after.

“This astounding courage and compassion is the mark of a remarkable person, someone we must remember and a perfect example of a nursing hero.”