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


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 suffered 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 and Le Havre. Towards the end of the account she was posted to a Field Ambulance (station) close to Ypres. (Summary by Andy Minter)

Genre(s): Medical, Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Waiting for Orders Ruth Golding
Play 02 Le Mans - Wounded from the Aisne Ruth Golding
Play 03 First Experiences Julie VW
Play 04 First Battle of Ypres Julie VW
Play 05 Ambulance Train British and Indians Jacquerie
Play 06 Ambulance Train Christmas and New Year Jacquerie
Play 07 Ambulance Train - Winter on the train and in the trenches Marianne Coleman-Hipkins
Play 08 Ambulance Train - Rouen, Spring in NW France Jacquerie
Play 09 Field Ambulance - Billets, Life at the back of the front Jacquerie
Play 10 Festubert, Boulogne, Posted Marianne Coleman-Hipkins