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Nursing Through Shot & Shell (Hardback)

A Great War Nurse's Story

WWI Home Front in WWI 1917 1918 Women of History

By Vivien Newman, Christine Smyth
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781473827592
Published: 2nd June 2015

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Nursing Through Shot and Shell is the previously unpublished memoir of Beatrice Hopkinson, who served in France as a Territorial Nursing Sister from 1917-19. Beatrice worked close to the front line at casualty clearing stations, and her poignant account reveals the intense strain: 'I never realized what the word “duty” meant until this War. To stand at one's post, never flinching and trying to keep the boys cheerful; all the time wondering when our time would come.'

The memoir reveals the lighter side of wartime life, with entertainments, travel and enduring friendships. Beatrice also describes the practical realities of war in vivid detail – sleeping in dug outs, dodging bombs and avoiding rats 'as big as a good sized kitten'. A fascinating, close-up view of one women's life during wartime.

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RCNI Journals

'This diary gives rare insight into the realities of Front Line nursing through the eyes of someone who had never anticipated working for the Army but who, when her country called, willingly and steadfastly answered.'

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Search Works Catalog - Contributor Vivien Newman

'I found this book to be refreshingly clear-cut and factual.'

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Centenary News - Reviewer

'I could go on and tell her story in precis, but I can’t do it justice. So many episodes stand out that it is best to recommend that if you are interested to go and find the book for yourself and have a read. I am often on the lookout for something different in the way of Great War books in the vast array of works that have recently emerged, and this one fits the bill. The book has all of the familiar elements of a Great War memoir or diary but this one stands out because it is by a woman who was on the Western Front. You don’t tour the trenches much in this one, but you live with our diarist just behind the lines trying to patch up the wounded while under fire. For instance, you watch in horror as a wounded, lice-ridden, soldier dies, literally bitten to death by the ‘chats.’ It makes for very different reading; it makes for relentless and sometimes, uncomfortable reading. This is a very good and informative book; innocent, wholesome and whimsical it is not, the grim reality of the Great War it is.'

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War History Online, Mark Barnes

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Goodreads reviewer

'For anyone interested in the experience of women on the Western Front, Beatrice’s diary is self-deprecating, pragmatic and utterly compelling. Highly recommended.'

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HandWrittenBy Blog

The bravery of these nurses, including Beatrice, will touch every reader. I highly recommend this beautifully written book. It is informative, factual and a truly compelling read, and the sensitive editing of Beatrice's memoirs had me gripping this book tightly.

Nursing Standard

I could go on and tell the story in precis, but I can’t do it justice. So many episodes stand out that it is best to recommend that if you are interested to go and find the book for yourself and have a read. I am often on the lookout for something different in the way of Great War books in the vast array of works that have recently emerged, and this one fits the bill... It makes for very different reading; it makes for relentless and sometimes, uncomfortable reading. This is a very good and informative book; innocent, wholesome and whimsical it is not, the grim reality of the Great War it is.

War History Online - Dr Wayne Osborne

This work provides a valuable insight into the lives of the women at the heart of the war, told through the diary of World War 1 nurse Beatrice Hopkinson.

History of War Magazine

This is a rare insight into the work of the front-line nurses who put themselves at risk to do their job. Altogether a remarkable memoir and one most readers of this magazine will want to have on their bookshelves.

A must-have.

10/10

The Great War Magazine

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Books Monthly

This recently discovered memoir gives an intimate glimpse into the Great War service of Beatrice Hopkinson, A Territorial Forces Nursing Service Sister. Her diary gives a rare insight into the realities of front line nursing through the eyes of someone who had never anticipated working for the Army but who, when her country called, willingly and steadfastly answered.

Your Family Tree

A valuable insight into the lives of the women at the heart of the war.

All About History

It is books such as this that help in grounding the events with real people, real emotions, real situations, and it is vital to remember that and try to keep from fictionalising the way the war actually played out for those involved. ... Beatrice's diary entries are so engaging, you can almost hear them being read aloud.

All About History
 Vivien Newman

About Vivien Newman

Viv Newman completed a PhD on women’s First World War poetry and wartime experiences. She now works as an independent researcher, exploring the still many untold aspects of women’s First World War lives.

She regularly speaks on Women in the First World War for groups including Women’s Institute, Rotary, Western Front Association (USA), and at national and international conferences as well as speaking widely on local radio. She is on the judging panel for the annual war poetry competitions organised by “Never Such Innocence”.


 Christine Smyth
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