We Also Served: The Forgotten Women of the First World War by Vivien Newman

By Vivien Newman

We additionally Served is a social heritage of women’s involvement within the First international struggle. Dr Vivien Newman disturbs myths and preconceptions surrounding women's conflict paintings and seeks to notify modern readers of numerous acts of derring-do, choice, and quiet heroism by way of British girls, that went on behind the curtain from 1914-1918.

In August 1914 a trifling 640 ladies had a in actual fact outlined wartime position. Ignoring early struggle workplace suggestion to 'go domestic and sit down still', via 1918 thousands of ladies from all corners of the realm had lent their person wills and collective energy to the Allied reason.

As good as turning into nurses, munitions employees, and contributors of the Land military, girls have been additionally ambulance drivers and surgeons; they served with the militia; funded and controlled their very own hospitals close by and sound of the weapons. at the very least one British lady bore palms, and over 1000 ladies misplaced their lives as an immediate results of their involvement with the struggle.

This publication we could those all yet forgotten girls communicate on to us in their battle, their lives, and their tales.

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Aware that ‘the mental and in some cases, the physical strain was very severe’, McCarthy decreed that nurses should only undertake six-month tours of duty in CCS before being relieved. It soon became apparent that a patient’s chances of survival on evacuation directly correlated to professional nurses’ presence in CCS. Kate Luard proudly reports how, ‘One Sister on a Barge wrote to Sister D. ’ It appears that their being ‘well-clad’ owes something to the citizens of Witham in Kate’s home county of Essex, as she comments on gifts received including ‘pretty, gay soft cushions’ for the head injury cases.

Although barges were painted grey, with the Red Cross prominently displayed on each side, as the enemy increasingly ignored the international symbol of neutrality barges, like all other medical facilities, became a target for fighter pilots. With lights turned off at night, nurses made their rounds in the pitch dark, a small torch their only means of light. Nurses were constantly begging for comforts for the men as well as for surprising necessities; one even pleaded for the abrasive cleaner VIM, whilst Millicent Peterkin longed for a simple pudding recipe book as, on 37 Book-We Also Serve-new_We Also Served 31/10/2014 16:25 Page 38 WE ALSO SERVED her barge at least, the cook was either unimaginative or unskilled: when it came to ‘puddings’ his repertoire was ‘sago’ or ‘stewed fruit’.

The wounded] were so dead beat that we wrapped them in their filthy clothes poor fellows and let them rest. Faces shot away, arms, legs, lungs, shots everywhere. ’ 39 Book-We Also Serve-new_We Also Served 31/10/2014 16:25 Page 40 WE ALSO SERVED Having sailed to England with her cargo of horrifically wounded men, by 26 August Delta had returned to the Dardanelles where, ‘We saw the long line of stretcher-bearers dashing along to the shore and the boats put off thick and fast. ’ With 1,240 men on board a ship staffed for 536, Delta started once more for home.

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