Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Monday, 15 May 2017
“Sister Palmieri nursed the typhus-stricken Serbians at Kragujevac under conditions calculated to daunt the bravest. Subsequently they were able to move into two buildings formerly used as stables, after having the floors cemented and the whole place fumigated and white-washed. Sister Palmieri is now temporarily in France”.
From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission List of Female Casualties of the First World War:
PALMIERI, Nurse, Mrs. ALICIA. Voluntary Aid Detachment. 15 May 1917.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
During the First World War, Ethel Locke-King (seen here on the right) was Assistant County Director of Surrey, UK. She was responsible for establishing and organising twelve auxiliary military hospitals, one of which was in their home Brooklands House and is now Brooklands College. Several of the other hospitals were in houses owned by Hugh Locke-King. Ethel oversaw the management of 700 volunteers in nineteen Voluntary Aid Detachments. Mena House Hotel in Egypt was requisitioned for use by the Australian Army during WW1.
and the Brooklands Museum website.
Thursday, 20 April 2017
Margaret trained as a nurse and worked as a Staff Nurse in the North Staffordshire Infirmary from 1907 until the outbreak of WW1. She died in Harwich Hospital on 20th April 1917. A plaque to the memory of Margaret, who was awarded the Associate Royal Red Cross Medal for her work, was placed in the Chapel of the North Staffordshire Infirmary. Since 2015, this plaque has been situated in the Atrium at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK.
Margaret's name is not on my copy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission List of Female Casualties of the First World War. If anyone knows more about Margaret, please get in touch.
Monday, 10 April 2017
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Monday, 20 March 2017
‘Asturias’ was another of the passenger liners requisitioned by the British Admiralty for use as a hospital ship during the First World War. Originally in service with the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company ‘Asturias’ was built by Harland and Wolff Shipbuilders of Belfast, who built the Titanic and her sister ships, and sailed the route between Southampton and Buenos Aires in The Argentine. She was sent to be re-fitted as a hospital ship and served during the Gallipoli Campaign, in Egypt and Salonika.
In 1915, ‘Asturias’ was the first hospital ship to be targeted by German U-boats. A torpedo hit her but did not detonate. A press release issued by the German Government at the time explained that ‘Asturias’, clearly marked as a Hospital Ship, had been wrongly identified as a target.
Following the sinking of the HMHS “Asturias”, the British “Government announced that measures would be adopted to bring home to the German Government the shameful character of the outrages committed under their orders.” (Globe, Saturday, 7th April 1917)
Monday, 13 March 2017
In Malta's Pieta Military Cemetery are the graves of four other women who died while serving during WW1 - three nurses and a doctor.