Janet Well’s achievements make for fascinating reading. She was only 18 when decorated for her nursing service to the Russians in the 1878 Balkan War. The following year she became the only nurse to serve at the Front in the Anglo Zulu War. After a period in Northern Zululand she was sent to the garrison at Rorke’ Drift very soon after the legendary action. Revered by the soldiers, she had to make do in appalling conditions with scant supplies. She overcame extreme difficulties and prejudice despite her youth. After returning to England in time for her 20th birthday, her achievements were recognised by the award of the Royal Red Cross – the highest accolade and the equivalent of the Victoria Cross. This is a gripping tale of a true heroine who refused to accept the conventions of the age and in so doing made a huge contribution to the welfare of the British Army.
SISTER JANET Nurse and Heroine of the Anglo-Zulu War 1879
This is a fascinating revue of the career of Sister Janet Well who saw action in the 1878 Balkan War, The Anglo Zulu War. Janet gave medical aid to the survivors at the famous battle of Rorke’s Drift and on her return to Britain was awarded the highest honour that Queen Victoria could bestow, the Royal Red Cross.
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Hardback, 256 pages