This book by Peter Rees is an account of some of the Australian and New Zealand nurses who volunteered and were accepted to serve.Large numbers applied and while the official number is approximately 2,286 nurses who served overseas, the number was more likely to be around 3,000. The Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) was formed at the outbreak of war as a trained civilian reserve of the Australian Army Medical Corps which the Australian Government offered to assist its British counterpart.Their experiences highlight the inadequate preparation of facilities and supply by the Army hierarchy and the complete lack of appreciation of the possible number of casualties resulting from the Gallipoli campaign.Extremely primitive medical facilities would seem to have been the norm.
At these times 15 hour shifts would be common and sometimes antiseptics and anaesthesia were in very short supply.Without their intervention and commitment to their profession, many soldiers would not have survived. dating for akademikere Kalundborg While some of the nurses may well have dealt with shooting accidents in Australia, nothing could have prepared them for the horror of shrapnel wounds and the sheer volume of casualties with ghastly injuries.Australian nurses therefore accompanied the men of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) overseas to Europe.The waiting lists to serve were long for overseas postings and some Australian nurses, at least 130 of them chose to sail to England to join Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, a recognised body within the British Army.
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Even on the Western Front later in the war, while casualty clearing stations closer to the battle fields were housed in tents, so also were hospitals.In 1918 Arthur Streeton, by then an official war artist, painted the Field Hospital of the 3 Australian General Hospital at Abbeville, France.Jan serves as a Committee member of the Pipeclay Club and Military History and Heritage Victoria.While more than forty Australian civilian nurses had served officially in the Boer War (1899 -1902) in South Africa, the outbreak of World War I on 4 August 1914 brought an immediate response from trained nurses keen to serve professionally as military nurses.While her enlistment details are still confusing and sketchy she succeeded in enlisting so she could travel in the first convoy to Egypt and meet up with him there. When Syd was repatriated back to Sydney with a head wound from the Gallipoli campaign in early 1916, she was also, to home service at No. Syd returned to the Western Front and Elsie resigned from AANS and was chosen to go with the Australian Red Cross contingent to France as one of the ‘Bluebirds’ to nurse on the Western Front.
The experiences of this couple over four years of war, is followed throughout the book.
Peter Rees has woven the experiences recounted by these serving military nurses from 1914–19 in Egypt, Lemnos, the hospital ships and the Western Front into a very readable but poignant narrative.
So often the nurses worked in appalling physical conditions where fresh water particularly was scarce, facilities, equipment and sanitation were almost non-existent and hygiene was very difficult to maintain. 3 General Hospital on Lemnos in August 1915 for the treatment of casualties from Gallipoli was chaotic and supplies and equipment did not arrive for three weeks.
In 2004 Janet completed and published Memories of War: Members of The Naval and Military Club recall World War II.
Since 2011 Janet has worked with Cooee History and Heritage, conducting oral history interviews into diverse topics – the Australian Army Rugby Union Team, Sigma Pharmaceuticals centennial history, the Lost Dogs’ Home centenary exhibition.