Diary entries from ww1 nurses

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diary entries from ww1 nurses

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

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Diary extracts from the trenches in WWI

In May of , U. In , she published Sister: The War Diary of a Nurse , an account of her experiences in the field. The following excerpts span from February to November of
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The Bonds of War – Nurse’s Diaries of WWI

By Harriet Arkell. Notebooks belonging to a nurse working during the First World War have been discovered, containing a collection of stories, letters and drawings from the soldiers she cared for. The drawings and jottings within them offer a fascinating insight into life on the home front and also show the soldiers' touching gratitude for the nurses who tended them after they were plucked from the horror of the trenches. Nurse Mabel, who lived in nearby Runcorn, was in her early 30s when she volunteered to work as a nurse at the two hospitals near her home. A trained artist, she took her sketch books to work and often painted or drew scenes described to her by the soliders, or rural scenes to cheer her patients up. Often her patients would write notes or poems in her notebooks, and while some of them paid tribute to her nursing skills, others described what they had seen.

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For hundreds of years, women have served different roles inside and outside of the home; it may surprise you to learn that the same is true of their role in times of war. Women have always played a part in wars, whether as nurses, cooks, or homemakers. It was not until recently, however, that historians have started to seriously research the tasks asked of women during war. Diaries and letters written by nurses in World War I show that women not only had the job of medical nurse, but also that of confidante, friend, and comforter. Up until and even during World War I, women were relegated to traditional functions such as those of mother, home-keeper, and nurse.

March , Le Treport, France. With snow blowing outside No. Any one of them liable to hemorrhage any minute, treatments, etc. The strain and anxiety is worse than any amount of work. We who thought we were hard worked at home knew not what work really was.

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  1. Peter H. says:

    Diaries reveal harrowing experiences of First World War nursing sisters | Vancouver Courier

  2. Nesplongmerro says:

    Hospital or tent?

  3. Conrad V. says:

    Young nurse Violet Gosset witnessed first hand the devastating impact of war on the British troops she cared for.

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