Object description

British civilian nurse with Red Cross in Belgium and GB, 1912-1918. Worked with Edith Cavell

Content description

REEL 1 Recollections of period as Red Cross nurse, GB & Belgium, 1912-1918: reasons for becoming nurse; training; description of hospital in Brussels; equipment; duties as operating theatre Sister; memories of Edith Cavell; attitude towards outbreak of war, 1914; arrival of wounded soldiers at hospital; relations with German patients; life under German occupation; German attitude towards British; communications; arrival of two British wounded soldiers at hospital. REEL 2 Continues: treating two British wounded soldiers at hospital; story of how she and Edith Cavell helped two British soldiers escape; plans to escape Belgium; obtaining false passport; being searched by Germans before leaving the country; journey to GB; smuggling dispatches out of Belgium and delivering them to Foreign Office; role organising hospitals on North of England; attitude towards VAD nurses. REEL 3 Continues: social life; memories of Edith Cavell; reaction to news that Edith Cavell had been shot by Germans