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Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front 1914-1915 by Anonymous, attributed to Kathleen Luard (c.1872 – ?)
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Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front 1914-1915

by Anonymous, attributed to Kathleen Luard (c.1872 – ?)

6 ratings, 2 reviews

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 occasioned 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, Rouen and Le Havre. Towards the end of the account she was posted to a Field Ambulance (station) close to Ypres (Ieper, or in First World War speak ‘Wipers’)

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6 ratings, 2 reviews

Melissa Sanders

December 20, 2013

Inspiring. Amid the horrors of war I was impressed by how often positive attitudes and the recognition of beauty factored into the narrative. We have so much to be grateful for!


Joan Mason

May 24, 2012

A most moving and profound diary describing the horrors of war from the perspective of a nurse. As a nurse myself I could identify with the authors dedication to her patients and her calling. She is a wonderful writer making the listener feel the intensity of her varied experiences near the battle fronts. One is left with a better understanding of WWI in France and Belgium. As well as the deepest admiration for the bravery and sensitivity of this remarkable young woman. It is truly sad not to have further writings nor to know her name. One can only hope she survived these experiences