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Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front 1914-1915

Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front 1914-1915 by Anonymous, attributed to Kathleen Luard
By: (c.1872)

The title is, I think, self explanatory. The nurse in question went out to France at the beginning of the war and remained there until May 1915 after the second battle of Ypres when she went back to a Base Hospital and the diary ceases. Although written in diary form, it is clearly taken from letters home and gives a vivid if sometimes distressing picture of the state of the casualties occasioned during that period. After a time at the General Hospital in Le Havre she became one of the three or four sisters working on the ambulance trains which fetched the wounded from the Clearing Hospitals close to the front line and took them back to the General Hospitals in Boulogne, Rouen and Le Havre. Towards the end of the account she was posted to a Field Ambulance (station) close to Ypres (Ieper, or in First World War speak ‘Wipers’)

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Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front

1914 1915

"Naught broken save this body, lost but breath. Nothing to shake the laughing heart's long peace there, But only agony, and that has ending; And the worst friend and enemy is but Death."

William Blackwood and Sons Edinburgh and London 1915

CONTENTS.

PAGE I. WAITING FOR ORDERS, AUGUST 18, 1914, TO SEPTEMBER 14, 1914 1

The voyage out Havre Leaving Havre R.M.S.P. "Asturias" St Nazaire Orders at last.

II. LE MANS WOUNDED FROM THE AISNE SEPTEMBER 15, 1914, TO OCTOBER 11, 1914 33

Station duty On train duty Orders again Waiting to go Still at Le Mans No. Stationary Hospital Off at last The Swindon of France.

III. ON NO. AMBULANCE TRAIN (1) FIRST EXPERIENCES OCTOBER 13, 1914, TO OCTOBER 19, 1914 65

Ambulance Train Under fire Tales of the Retreat Life on the Train... Continue reading book >>


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