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Cornelia Elizabeth "Nellie" Thornton
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Birth: May 19, 1893
Achilles
Gloucester County
Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 28, 1919
Portsmouth
Hampshire, England

She was the first American nurse buried in English soil, then the first Virginia nurse buried at Arlington with special military honors. In the first graduating class of Achilles High School, Gloucester, Virginia, in 1914, she earned her nursing degree in Baltimore in 1917. She caught the flu during her voyage to England and died there of pneumonia. Buried first at a church in Winchester, she was brought home in 1920 and re-interred at Arlington. 
 
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 Parents:
  Harry Lee Thornton (1864 - 1926)
  Virginia Lee Rowe Thornton (1871 - 1948)
 
 Siblings:
  Cornelia Elizabeth Thornton (1893 - 1919)
  Susie Billups Thornton Gaskins (1895 - 1986)*
  Harry Aaron Thornton (1897 - 1899)*
  Mae Purcell Thornton Williams (1899 - 2001)*
  Ben A Thornton (1902 - 1993)*
  Virginia Lee Thornton Swindell (1907 - 1999)*
  Harry Lee Thornton (1907 - 1996)*
  Willis Hayes Thornton (1909 - 1994)*
  Miriam Annette Thornton Wilburn (1913 - 2001)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: NURSE ANC; BASE HOSP 68
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Site: 2
 
Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 06, 2010
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Cornelia Elizabeth Nellie Thornton
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 Added: May. 26, 2014

- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Feb. 17, 2014
In Memory of Nellie.
- RMW
 Added: Sep. 28, 2013
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