Minnie Matilda Murrell was a fifteen-year-old maid who saved the lives of three children in a blazing building following a huge explosion.
The Illustrated Police News reporting on 2 February 1889 described Millie as an “intelligent and agreeable girl with a chubby face”, who braved terrifying flames and tremendous danger to rescue her charges.
Minnie entered the house at no.3 High Street, Dorking three times to search the different floors until she found the children. She then dropped them out of the window, where they were caught by onlookers.
Minnie was rewarded by the Society for the Protection of Life. She was very lucky to escape with her life, and was praised afterwards for her modesty as well as her bravery.