A total of 37 German Red Crosses were awarded by the Third Reich for saving German sailors hurt on the Deutschland. These included 2 Grand Crosses, 5 I Class Crosses, 9 II Class Crosses, and 21 Ladies Crosses to members of the Q.A.I.M.N.S, the highest German honour which could be awarded to medical staff. Also included with the medal was a certificate bearing Adolf Hitler’s own name. The Q.A.I.M.N.S recipients included Matron Margaret (Madge) Russell Casswell, (Matron of the BMH Gibraltar from 1933-37), Sister Gertrude Morgan (later Colonel), Sister M.G. Burton, Sister Margaret Paula Lewis, Sister Cargill Lockhead, Sister Catherine McShane, Sister M. ellis, Sister M. R. Ilkin and Sister Nora K. Smythe. Matron Russell Casswell would later earn the unique distinction of having been commended by both Churchill and Hitler for her services to nursing!
The recipients were invited aboard the pocket battleship Admiral Scheer, which arrived in Gibraltar around three months after the incident. Following a tea-part on board, they were each presented with the Order of the German Red Cross including Governor Harrington. Three Gibraltarians also received their respective medals; George Imossi the Germun Consul, Matron Adela Giraldi and Nurse Cantos of the Colonial Hospital.7
By then, Sister Morgan had already been transferred to BMH Quetta. In presenting the medal to Sister Morgan, George Imossi the German Consul in Gibraltar, wrote:
I have much pleasure in presenting under separate cover the Ladies’ medal of the German Red Cross, as an appreciation and thankfulness on the part of the German Government, by the very good work done by you in tending the wounded of the Panzerschiff Deutschland at the Military Hospital…8