Sara Corning was born in Chegoggin, Yarmouth County. Corning trained as a nurse in the United States and joined the American Red Cross during the First World War. In December 1917, she was amongst the first to volunteer to tend the sick and suffering after the Halifax Explosion. In 1921, working for a relief agency, she arrived in a small village at the foot of Mount Ararat in what became Turkey to take charge of an orphanage. In 1922, as fighting and lawlessness escalated, Corning became a central figure in the evacuation of the port city of Smyrna (and saved thousands of children’s lives). After the rescue, she helped establish an orphanage in Greece for the stateless orphans. She was summoned to Athens in June 1923, where King George II of Greece awarded her, and others involved in the rescue mission, the Silver Cross Medal of the Order of the Saviour. Sara worked at the orphanage until 1924, when she returned to Turkey to work in a residential training school until 1930 when the Near East relief effort was disbanded. Upon retirement, she returned to Chegoggin. (Image credit: Sara Corning, c. 1900, by Parker. Sara Corning Society).