Diary entries from ww1 nurses
Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915 by AnonymousThis is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
Diary extracts from the trenches in WWI
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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