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

Dorothea s War The Diaries of a First World War Nurse In April Dorothea Crewdson a newly trained Red Cross nurse and her best friend Christie received instructions to leave for Le Tr port in northern France Filled with excitement at the prospect

  • Title: Dorothea's War: The Diaries of a First World War Nurse
  • Author: Dorothea Crewdson Richard Crewdson
  • ISBN: 9780297869191
  • Page: 447
  • Format: ebook
  • In April 1915, Dorothea Crewdson, a newly trained Red Cross nurse, and her best friend Christie, received instructions to leave for Le Tr port 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 mainIn April 1915, Dorothea Crewdson, a newly trained Red Cross nurse, and her best friend Christie, received instructions to leave for Le Tr port 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.

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    1. Very few diaries or accounts of nursing in the First World War have survived, and if they did, many were unpublished, or retained by family members. No doubt there are a fair few lurking in various archivesThanks to the nephew of Dorothea Crewdson, Richard Crewdson, who discovered and edited his aunt's diaries, we now have the pleasure of reading them. There is much that can be learned from reading this diary. Written by a young nurse, who started the diary as a newly trained Red Cross VAD in 19 [...]


    2. Dorothea's War, The diaries of a first world war nurse. Edited by Richard Crewdson, isbn 978-0-2978-6918-4After the death of his father, Richard Crewdson was contacted by the Imperial War Museum about the diaries of his aunt, Dorothea Crewdson. Richard's father, Dorothea's brother had kept these diaries for 70 years, not talking about them but leaving them for the Imperial War Museum on his death.This book is a transcript of those diaries, edited skillfully by Richard. It's a fascinating read - [...]


    3. Diaries kept by a VAD nurse during her service in the field hospitals of France during World War 1. She writes of the routines, the days off and the people she worked and served with and much more. It is rather tragic with the reader knowing that she would only live a few months more past the armistice. Her premature death is revealed at the very beginning. So reading knowing when she has only months, weeks and days to live is heartrending. At the end is a copy of Matron’s letter to Dorothea [...]


    4. Interesting read of life in the first world war by a British Red Cross VAD nurse. If you are interested in a diary read that gives insight into history go for it.


    5. This was very well put together with easily accessible notes which gave context to the work being done through a concise chronology of the major battles. There wasn't any padding, which was wonderful. It was mainly just Dorothea's diaries and her small sketches and doodles. The diaries were powerful, as I really got to know her as a person. At times she spoke of individual soldiers in her care and named them. She often commented on what lovely people they were and her sadness when they died. I w [...]


    6. This first-hand account of nursing in field hospitals in France during the First World War is fascinating. The author kept a diary with such detailed observations and beautiful tiny sketches for almost 4 years, and it is riveting to read. Tragically, she died in March 1919, having stayed on in France to care for soldiers, prisoners of war, and other nurses, many of whom suffered and died from the influenza pandemic. Her death was not from influenza and came shockingly quickly--her last diary ent [...]


    7. Rather charming with its genuine illustrations. All the talk about food appealed to me – Dorothea seemed to love eating as much as I do. The book seemed well researched. The footnotes were good and the war chronology at the back gave context. It's clear a lot of love went into producing this book. Though that, really, is the problem with it. I'm sure if you're a relative of Dorothea then these diaries must be very special and hold a lot of personal meaning. For the average person though, after [...]


    8. Excellent book for anyone doing research on WW1 VAD's/nursing/hospitals on the Western Front.Dorthea was among the first 'crop' of British VAD's to arrive in France and served all four years in hospitals along the French coast. The reader gets a clear sense of the daily rhythm of life, the relationships she built with other VAD's and Sisters, the constant flow of patients in and out, the drudgery of night duty, the entertainment enjoyed by staff and patients, the feel for the costal town and the [...]


    9. An 'ordinary' diary of a well-to-do lady who crosses to France to nurse wounded soldiers in the great war. This book held me spellbound for several days.It's difficult to say why - there is no action, no great romance, no scandal. Not being from a medical background I can't say whether the nursing part gives any great insight into practice. Maybe that's the charm - the fact that it captures the everyday feelings of being part of the war through the initial hopes and then the despair of the great [...]


    10. A very good read,Dorothea remained with a positive outlook when the glass was less than half full. She was never poisoned by the horrors of war and kept a spiritual perception throughout. A great pity to read the introduction before the book.


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