She was a traveller, ran a business and went to war risking her life to accomplish her aim. Busy with their own work, they saw little of one another. In 2004 she took first place in the 100 Great Black Britons poll in the U.K. She could hardly have treated innumerable wounded soldiers on the battlefields of the Crimea, for the simple reason that she missed the first three, major, battles of the war. She also made several visits to the Crimean battlefields to help and nurse the soldiers there. She travelled to the Crimean war to help the soldiers at her own expense. Mary Seacole, Jamaican businesswoman who provided sustenance and care for British soldiers at the battlefront during the Crimean War. Full name: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: She was famous for: visit In 1836, Mary married an English man called Edwin Seacole in her hometown of Kingston. Mary Seacole’s legacy: By the time the Crimean War ended in 1856 Mary Seacole had lost all her money and she returned to London penniless. Mary Seacole did what few women did at her time. She is respected and considered an icon in the Caribbean. What did Mary Seacole discover that was so significant? Mary Seacole did not forget her nursing ambitions though. In 2004, Seacole was voted into first place in an online poll of 100 Great … Mary Seacole (1805-1881) was born in Jamaica of a Scottish soldier and local woman, which must make her nationality Jamaican. What Mary Seacole did was to sell good quality food, rather than to nurse the wounded. So she helped improve the lives of the troops that were well and so worked in parallel to the nursing of Florence Nightingale. Her autobiography, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, was a best seller. Following her husband’s death, Mary focussed on caring for sick people. Mary Seacole was not a nurse, nor claimed to be so in her memoir, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands, 1857. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. But sadly, Edwin was a very sick man and and died just a few years later, in 1844. Several places have been named after her and in 1991 she was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit.