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A Nurse at the Front: The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton by [APPLETON, EDITH ELIZABETH]
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The diaries, which reminded me of Vera Britten s Testament of Youth, are a great read, not only for the information that they provide about nursing on the front line but also for the details they offer about the First World War more generally. They are also very amusing and have lots of photos and little drawings by Edith herself... I think Appleton s diaries will be useful to anyone with ancestors who were nurses or doctors in the First World War, soldiers who served in France or Belgium or, indeed, if you just want to learn more --Who Do You Think You Are? magazine

This book, the second in a series of four war diaries produced in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum, details the experience of a nurse working close to the Western Front in the First World War --Britain at War

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1449 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00728D4FQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Just what it says on the cover, this is not fiction but actual extracts from a nurses diary kept during the first world war. Pretty harrowing stuff but nicely balanced with a lot of general observations about her location and her off duty jaunts into the countryside.
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I enjoyed these war diaries for their insight into everyday life during the First World War.They contain one or two lovely little illustratiions. I must declare an interest, the author was my great great aunt!
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Detailed diary of a nursing sister in the first world war, it includes details on every day life both as a nurse and a woman. She is a woman of strength comparison who works hard but also explore her local environment, this book/diary leaves no one in any doubts about the horror of war, but also the healing a lovely place can bring about.
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I enjoyed this book vary much. The diaries are authentic and good history. I was a Sister in the QARANC, and Edith's experiences bring back memories for me, although I was an army nurse much later, we share the same language and similar experience of regimental living.
Unfortunately the nurse pictured on the book's cover is not the author, and not a sister in the QAIMNS. I think the publishers should change that, it doesn't do justice to Edith or to the QAs then and now.
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I found this book this diary very interesting as my Grandfather was wounded at Ypres and could possibly have been treated at one of these stations. He survived and was brought home unlike a lot of others. She was a very brave young woman whose life was greatly changed by what she witnessed.
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Brilliant book
This is the true story of a nurse in France in WW1 . A wonderful read, recommend it for anyone interested in the period. Have discovered so much about my Grandmother and her family's lives during this time..
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the book is excellent. I did not realise how horrific the first world war was.I felt compelled to read this book because my father was a soldier in this war. and I remember him telling me some of the awful things he saw. until I read the diaries i never knew that the British nurses also treated the wounded German soldiers. any reader interested in world war 1 history must read this book
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If you want to know what it was like to be a nurse in France and Belgium day-to-day during 1916 and 1918, then this is a good read. She comes across as a sensible, no-nonsense, self-possessed woman who is already acclimatised to seeing men gibbering with shell shock, or dying slow and agonising deaths from gas attacks, hideous open wounds and complications such as gangrene. She is also used to hearing (mostly apocryphal) tales of German brutality.

Bound to find a bigger readership this year with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI and deservedly so. This is an 'ordinary' person's observations of extraordinary times that also highlights media inaccuracies and the dangers of propaganda, the everyday determination of people to make the most of their situation despite very real worries about loved ones and some nice incidental detail about an area of northern France now most famed for its battlefields.
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