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Dorothea's War: The Diaries of a First World War Nurse

Dorothea's War: The Diaries of a First World War Nurse (Hardback)

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The evocative diaries of a young nurse stationed in northern France during the First World War, published for the first time.In April 1915, Dorothea Crewdson, a newly trained Red Cross nurse, and her best friend Christie, received instructions to leave for Le Treport in northern France. Filled with excitement at the prospect of this great adventure, she began writing a diary. Over the next four years Dorothea would witness and record some of the worst horror of the Great War, yet somehow she maintained her optimism, curiosity and high spirits throughout. The pages of her diary sparkle with warmth and humour whether she is describing the frustrations of life on the ward, the pleasure of a beautiful sunset, flirtations with the doctors, or a trip 'joyriding' in the countryside on one of her precious days off. By turns intimate, gossipy, charming and moving, these extraordinarily evocative diaries offer a rare glimpse of the heroic work of a nurse in the First World War.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryBiographyDiaries, letters & journalsHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryFirst World WarMedical & VeterinaryNursing & ancillary servicesNursing Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Publication Date: 13/06/2013 ISBN-13: 9780297869184  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dorothea Crewdson was born in Bristol in July 1886 and brought up in Nottingham. In 1911 she enrolled in the British Red Cross as a VAD nurse and passed her exams the following year. In May 1915 she received instructions to be stationed in Le Treport in northern France. She spent the rest of the war nursing at the frontline in various field hospitals and was awarded the military medal for her bravery. She died in March 1919 after contracting peritonitis, just before she was due to return home to England. Her diaries are edited by her nephew, Richard Crewdson.

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