Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

5/6/2008

Scottish nurses who defied Whitehall to create hospitals for troops honoured

In 1914, Dr Elsie Inglis, the pioneering doctor so dedicated that she was said to make Florence Nightingale look like a part-timer, defied the British Government and opened a hospital on the Western Front.

According to a contemporary account by a Scots medic, Royaumont Abbey Hospital was initially overwhelmed. “Dying men lay huddled so closely together on the floor that they touched each other. Others sat up gasping and blue in the throes of pneumonia. Blood and pus oozed from the wounds. A few patients feebly extended their hands but most of them were too ill to care what happened.” for more click here

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