Nursing Through Shot and Shell is the previously unpublished memoir of Beatrice Hopkinson, who served in France as a Territorial Nursing Sister from 1917-19.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 realised 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 also 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.
NURSING THROUGH SHOT AND SHELL A Great War Nurse’s Story
This moving and fascinating book relates the realities of life for a volunteer nurse on the western front. Beatrice Hopkinson, the subject of the book, writes of the grim duties she undertook trying to keep her ‘boys’ alive and cheerful; but also recounts the lighter side of war: the entertainment’s, travels and enduing friendships she made. A rare and compelling account of one woman’s war.