5. Mary Borden (1886-1968)
Hailing from Chicago, poet, novelist, and heiress, Mary Borden lived in England in 1914 at the start of the war. Borden lived an extraordinary life, as accounted for in her writings where she details her experiences serving as a nurse till the end of the war in 1918.
Out of her pocket, she provided the funds to establish a mobile hospital on the Western Front, for which she was honorably awarded France’s Croix de Guerre.