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Women and War: V5

British War Nursing: The Crimea to the Second World War, 1st Edition

Edited by Carol Acton


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This is an seven-volume collection of primary texts, each selected and introduced by experts, reproducing in facsimile a wealth of materials related to the history of women and warfare in the English-speaking world. The editors are historians and literary scholars with a wealth of publications in women’s writing and war literature. The project focuses, for most of its historical range, on England (and Britain); it also includes volumes on the United States, Australia, and Canada. The collection documents women’s historical and literary participation in, and commentary on, war. It represents the first attempt to examine the variety of roles women have played in war, and as critics and commentators on war, across all of history into the twentieth century. The project makes a unique and powerful claim about the long history of women’s involvement in war in the English-speaking world

Table of Contents

Volume V: British War Nursing: The Crimea to the Second World War

Edited by Carol Acton




Part 1. Crimean War

1.Florence Nightingale, 2 letters from the Crimea, Wellcome digitisation project MSS.5471-5483.

Part 2. South-African Wars

2. Proposed Memorial to the Nurses who died in the South African Campaign, The Lancet, October 31, 1903.

Part 3. Balkan Wars

3. Mrs St Clair Stobart, extract from War and Women: From Experience in the Balkans and Elsewhere (London: G. Bell & Sons Ltd., 1913), pp. 1-14.

Part 4. First World War

4. Enid Bagnold, extract from Diary Without Dates (London: William Heinemann, 1918), pp. 3-10.

5. Mary Borden, ‘The Preface’ and ‘Moonlight’, in The Forbidden Zone (London: William Heinemann, 1929), pp. 51-65.

6. Vera Brittain, ‘The German Ward’, in Verses of a V.A.D. (London: Erskine MacDonald, Ltd, 1918), pp. 38-40.

7. Florence Farmborough, extracts from Nurse at the Russian Front: A Diary 1914-18 (London: Constable, 1974) pp. 27-50, 316, 390-391.

8. Kate Finzi, ‘Foreword’, ‘November 1915’ and January 2016’, in Eighteen Months in the War Zone (London: Cassel & Co., 1916), pp. vii-ix, 202-206, 225-239.

9. Kate Evelyn Luard, extract from Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front 1914-1915 (London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1915), pp. 3-9, 150-157.

10. Kate Evelyn Luard, extract from Unknown Warriors: Extracts from the Letters of K. E. Luard, R. R. C. Nursing Sister in France 1914-1918 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1930), pp. 30-41, 44-47.

11. Dr Caroline Matthews, extract from Experiences of a Woman Doctor in Serbia (London: Mills & Boon Ltd, 1916), pp. 81-87.

12. Irene Rathbone, extract from We That Were Young (London: Chatto & Windus, 1932), pp. 194-214.

13. Lesley Smith, extract Four Years out of Life (London: Philip Allan, 1931), pp. 118-127, 245-247.

14. Mrs St Clair Stobart, preface and extract from The Flaming Sword: In Serbia and Elsewhere (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1917), pp. vii-viii, 55-63.

15. Pamela Bright, extract from Life in Our Hands (London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1955), pp. 23-39.

16. ‘The Field of Mercy’, in The Cellar-House of Pervyse: A tale of uncommon things from the journals and letters of the Baroness T’Serclaes and Mairi Chisholm (London: A&C Black LTD, 1917), pp. 37-44.

17. Pages from nurse’s autograph book: Mrs E. M. Aubrey, Imperial War Museum Documents, 8558.

Part 5. Second World War

18. Angela Bolton, extract from The Maturing Sun: An Army Nurse in India, 1942-45 (London: Imperial War Museum Personal Reminiscences Series, 1986), pp. 176-181.

19. Mary Borden, extract from Journey down a Blind Alley (New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1946), pp. 70-75.

20. Valerie M. Cooper, extract from Under Blazing Skies (Bognor Regis: Woodfield Publishing LTD, 2008), pp. 6-11.

21. Geraldine Edge and Mary E. Johnston, ‘Salerno Beaches’, in The Ships of Youth: The Experience of Two Army Nursing Sisters on Board the Hospital Carrier Leinster (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1945), pp. 56-70.

22. Introduction by Katherine- H. Jones, Matron in Chief Q.A.I.M.N.S., ‘A Casualty Clearing Station in France: April 12th to May 29th, 1940’ from A Theatre sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S., ‘Twelve Days in a Lifeboat: October 10th to 22nd, 1942’ from A Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S. Reserve, ‘Desert Hospital: 1941 and 1942’ from a Sister, T.A.N.S., ‘Clothing the Service in North Africa: December 24th, 1942’ from A Principal Matron, Q.A.I.M.N.S., Malta, April 1939- December 1942’, from An Acting Matron, Q.A.I.M.N.S., ‘The Escape from Singapore, February, 1942’, from A Sister Q.A.I.M.N.S., in Ada Harrison ed., Grey and Scarlet: Letters from the War Areas by Army Sisters on Active Service (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1944), pp. 7-12, 50-54, 89-96, 110-118, 169-174, 177-185, 189-193.

23. Brenda McBryde, ‘At the Front Line: Hermanville’, ‘No. 5 Maxillo-Facial Unit’, ‘After the Concentration Camps: Rotenburg’, in A Nurse’s War (New York: Universe Books, 1979), pp. 90-103, 148-151, 166-171.

24. Mary Morris, from her war diary, typescript in Imperial War Museum Documents, pp. 1-5, 61-63, 95-103, 143-152, 286-289.

25. Betty Parkin, ‘You Must Not Let It Get You Down’, in Desert Nurse: A World War II War Memoir (London: Robert Hale Ltd., 1990), pp. 108-117.

About the Editor

Carol Acton is Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Wateroo, Canada.

About the Series

History of Feminism

The History of Feminism series aims to make key archival source material available to scholars, researchers, postgraduates and undergraduates working in the fields of women and gender studies, women's history and women's writing. Subject matter and texts are selected for their decisive contribution to the feminist history of ideas in an international context.

Sets are published in hardback format of between three to six volumes and include full-length documents, pamphlets, reviews, newspaper articles and debates, letters, and fiction. The first set, Sex, Social Purity and Sarah Grand (edited by Ann Heilmann and Stephanie Forward), is concerned with the most prominent British New Woman writer and her contemporary critical reception.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies