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Lady Under Fire on the Western Front: The Great War Letters of Lady Dorothie Feilding MM [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Hallam , Nicola Hallam
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When Britain went to war in 1914 many people rallied to the cause, determined to join the colours or be useful in some other way. Lady Dorothie Mary Evelyn Feilding was one of the latter. ‘Lady D’ spent almost three years on the Western Front in Belgium driving ambulances for the Munro Motor Ambulance Corps, an all-volunteer unit. During her time in Flanders her bravery was such that she received the Belgian Order of Leopold, the French Croix de Guerre and was the first woman to be awarded the British Military Medal.

She wrote home to Newnham Paddox, near Rugby, almost daily. Her letters reflect the mundane, tragedy and horror of war and also the tensions of being a woman at the front contending with shells, gossip, funding, lice, vehicle maintenance and inconvenient marriage proposals.

Though Dorothie was the daughter of an Earl and from a privileged upbringing she had an easy attitude that transcended social boundaries and that endeared her to all that she came in to contact with whether royalty or the ordinary fighting man.

About the Author

Born in 1889, Dorothie Feilding was the daughter of the Earl of Denbigh. After 4 years on the Western Front she married in July 1917. She had five children and died in 1935. About the Editors Andrew and Nicola Hallam met while at the University of Wolverhampton. They both work in local Government and live in Rugby.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1731 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword (19 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086744K6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #466,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Under Fire on the Western Front 16 Mar. 2012
By buddy
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I was interested in this book because my father knew Lady Feilding or Lady Moore as she was known in Ireland when he was a young boy. These were troubled times for all in Ireland's history and estate owners, especially with British connections were not exactly flavour of the month. However, he remembers her as being a real "lady" in the true sense of the word and also her kindness and generosity to his own family who worked on the Moore Estate. On a lighter note, he recalls her riding side-saddle in the local hunts and he said there wasn't a ditch or a dyke in Tipperary that would "best" her and you'ld stand in snow to watch her handle a horse. She obviously had a brave heart and I wanted to get to know her.

I had no interest in the 1st World War or any other as I detest the notion of human beings killing each other but reading this young woman's account of her daily events and the horrors she faced with such a brave spirit has enthralled me. The sense of generosity of spirit of the Red Cross workers, doctors and nurses and the terrible conditions they endured to try and help their fellow men is a tribute to them and hope that bad situations can bring the best out in people. This is a book worth reading for a lot of reasons. Any nation should be proud to count the likes of Dorothie Feilding in their history. Ar Dheis De go raibh a hainm. (May her name be at the right hand of God)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Dorothie rediscovered heroinne 5 April 2011
By Pat R
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This book had me engrossed in a time long forgotten, . Lady Dorothie's bravery and unassuming down to earth manner captivated me from the first page, her personality and sense of humour shone out of every letter she sent home,excellently set out and illustrated with poignant photos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pulsating with humour and humanity 30 April 2014
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What a brave, wise and funny woman! Astonishing descriptions and profound reflections. A key document of the war. Essential reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Social History of WW1 7 Jan. 2011
Gives a good social history of the individual writing the letters, set against the background of the First World War. You rarely see the reply from her parents. It is a little repetative towards the end.
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