From The London Gazette:
6 September 1932
St. James's Palace, SW1
"The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the Award of the Medal of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire to the undermentioned:
Miss Emma José Townsend
On the 9th May 1932, W. J. Yeomans, a farmer of Kingsbridge, South Devon, murdered one of his sons in the South Hams Cottage Hospital in Kingsbridge. The boy, aged 9, was an inmate under treatment at the Hospital and Yeomans attacked him as he lay in bed, first firing at him with a gun and then striking him with it several times.
Miss Townsend, who was visiting her sister at the Hospital, heard cried of "Help" and went into the ward. She showed great courage in trying to prevent the killing of the boy and behaved most gallantly. In the struggle, Yeoman struck her with the barrel of the gun and cut her head open. It was necessary afterwards to stitch up the wound and she lost a quantity of blood."