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Connie Mark celebrated with Google Doodle

TRIBUTE: Today's Google Doodle recognises Connie Mark

CONNIE MARK is being celebrated with a Google Doodle today on what would have been her 95th birthday.

Born Constance Winifred McDonald in Kingston, Jamaica, Mark was part of the British war effort, signing up as a member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War Two.

She worked as medical secretary during the war from the age of 19. She was responsible for typing up medical reports on those injured in battle. She went on to be promoted to lance corporal and later full corporal. She did not receive a pay rise for either promotion.

After the war ended, Mark continued to serve in the military.


CELEBRATED: Connie Mark

She married Jamaican cricketer Stanley Goodridge, with whom she had two children – Amru Elizabeth and Stanley – and later divorced. She went on to marry Michael Mark.

A member of the West Indian ex-servicemen and women’s association, she devoted decades of her life to charitable causes and championing black history and culture.

Mark was a founding member of the Mary Seacole Memorial Association, which she was also president of. The association was created in memory of the Crimean War nurse to ensure her contributions and achievements were not forgotten.

In 1992, Mark was honoured with a British Empire Medal in recognition of her military services, decades after being overlooked, and in 2001 she received an Order of the British Empire medal.

She suffered a stroke in June 2007 and died at the age of 83.

Google Doodles, temporary animations that alter the search engine’s logo on its homepage and search results page, pay tribute to individuals, holidays and events.

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