Angels of Mercy

Nurses on the Western Front

By Eileen Crofton

Format: Multiple Formats

This story relates the wartime experiences of a group of women who ran a hospital near the trenches during World War I, often under conditions of great hardship. Told largely through letters home and diaries, this book throws light on wartime conditions and the cause of women's suffrage.

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Birlinn Limited

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This is the story of the wartime experiences of a group of women who ran a field hospital near the trenches during World War I, often under conditions of great hardship. The text draws on the women's diaries and letters home. The Scottish Women's Hospitals unit offered their services to France and opened a hospital in the ancient Abbey of Royaumont, near Paris. The hospital operated from 1915 to 1919 and became famous for its nursing care, cleanliness and efficiency, recognised by the French authorities as a key wartime hospital.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 2 Jul 2013
SKU 9781843410638-grouped
Number of Pages 320

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'A remarkable story of women's achievement - The heroic efforts of those critical days have now finally been given their true record' - The Times Literary Supplement 'Beautifully written ... informed, accessible and finely crafted' - The Herald 'This is a very human book about the heroism of a small group of Scottish women who believed they could make a difference and help their fellow man' - Scottish Field 'Dr Crofton's account surely establishes for all time the debt owed to "Angels of Mercy" in war and peace' - Scots Magazine

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