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A Volunteer Nurse on the Western Front: Memoirs from a WWI camp hospital [Kindle Edition]

Olive Dent
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Starring Oona Chaplin as a V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment), and Suranne Jones and Hermione Norris as trained nurses, The Crimson Field is a gripping drama set in a tented hospital on the coast of France, where plucky real-life V.A.D. Olive Dent served two years of the Great War, and kept this extraordinarily vivid diary of day-to-day life – ever cheerful through the bitter cold, the chilblains, hunger and exhaustion.



Resilient, courageous and resourceful, nurses, doctors and patients alike do their best to support each other. A Christmas fancy-dress ball, a concert performed by a stoic orchestra covered in bandages, church services held in a marquee and letters from Blighty all keep spirits up in camp, as wounded soldiers suffer terribly with quiet dignity on the makeshift wards, and nurses rush round tirelessly to make them as comfortable as possible.



With original illustrations throughout by fellow V.A.D.s, Olive’s memoir is a fascinating period piece, a rare first-hand account of this little-known story, which will resonate very strongly with viewers of The Crimson Field.


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Classic WWI nursing memoir used as a key source of historical detail and inspiration by makers of The Crimson Field, a major, returning 6 x 60 drama debuting on BBC1 in March 2014.

About the Author

Olive Dent was an elementary school teacher, who volunteered as a nurse in World War I, and served in a tented hospital in Northern France for two years. As well as writing this memoir, originally published as A V.A.D. in France, she also contributed regularly to the Daily Mail and the Lady. She died in 1930, aged 45, in the care of a Marie Curie cancer hospital in London, where there was a ward named after her.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5758 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H8PHMGK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VADs 7 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A very good, insightful, informative account of an often overlooked aspect of The Great War. Details the fortitude and tenacity of these brave women, and, sadly the poor conditions in which they served, and cared for our Servicemen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but not for me 27 May 2014
By Arkle
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Much as it hurts me to say it about any book dealing with The Great War this one bored me. About a third into the book I had switched off. Many of the VAD's came from privileged backgrounds and I believe that the author of this book tended to see her nursing service as an adventure rather than a calling. I would have preferred to hear more about the soldiers, their wounds, their treatment, their personal stories etc than about flower gathering and concert parties. If you want a more factual account of a nurses life during WW1 I believe that "A Nurse At The Front" by Sister Edith Appleton is a far better read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 2 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good read.....written like a day by day diary...
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good buy 29 Dec. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
good service and delivery makes good viewing worth every penny
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