The heroic actions of South Australian nurse Kirsty Boden, who was killed as she tried to help other victims of last year’s London Bridge terrorist attack, have been honoured with a posthumous award for bravery from the Queen.
Dubbed “the angel of London Bridge” by the British media, the 28-year-old, originally from Loxton in the state’s Riverland, was one of two Australians killed in the attack which claimed eight lives.
Terrorists drove a van along the pavement and rammed pedestrians, before stabbing others near Borough Market on the night of June 3.
As the attack unfolded, Ms Boden – who had been enjoying a night out – rushed to save other victims, but was stabbed in the chest near Southwark Cathedral as she ran to the aid of others.
Her courage has earned her a place on this year’s Civilian Gallantry honours list, securing the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.
“It is without a doubt that Kirsty Boden displayed courage and compassion when, without concern for her own safety, she went to assist those who were injured,” the citation reads.
“People ran into nearby shops, cafes and restaurants, Kirsty … acted without hesitation and went to assist those injured in the courtyard area below London Bridge.
“She could have taken cover to protect herself, as most people caught up in such a serious and life threatening situations would have done.
“However, being a nurse, she took her training to care for others to the highest level.”
Within eight minutes of the start of the attack, the three terrorists had been shot dead.
Ms Boden studied at Adelaide’s Flinders University and then moved to London to work as a senior nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.
The bravery commendation is not the first time she has been honoured, with the South Australian Government setting up the Kirsty Boden Memorial Nursing Scholarship for regional students in their final year of study.
Each year, two people at Flinders University will be awarded $10,000 each.
In the aftermath of the incident, Ms Boden’s partner James Hodder described her as an “amazing” and “selfless” individual.
“The way in which she passed away exemplifies who she was as a person, which makes it incredibly hard for all of us,” he said.
“We are all massively, massively proud of her and we always will be proud of her.”