Australian Heroines of World War 1 : Gallipoli, Lemnos and the Western Front
by Susanna de Vries
Editor: Pirgos Press
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This is an updated edition with additional information on some of the nurses provided by their parents, who, after reading the first editionAustralian Heroes of the First World War is the story of eight courageous women through newspapers, letters, original photos, paintings and maps.These eight women have had the courage and strength for which Anzac is renowned and the compassion and tenderness that only a woman can bring.A brave nurse sister Hilda Samsing became a whistleblowerNurses aboard the hospital ship Gascon, outraged by the failed evacuation of wounded Anzac who was censored by the press, she leaves her diary to be shown in the high places that raised questions in the House of CommonsIn Belgium, Louise Creed, Sydney, a journalist caught red-handed in the besieged city of Antwerp, escaped a German firing squad, and lived to tell the story.Brisbane Grace Wilson, ordered to urgently establish a hospital on the drought plagued Lemnos Island, arrived there to find suffering Anzac but not drinking water, tents and medical equipmentGrace and her nurses tore their skirts to use as bandages, survived for weeks on canned salted beef and cookies, and saved the lives of thousands of wounded at Lone Pine and the NekIn November 1915, after a snowstorm hit the trenches of Gallipoli, they looked after the Anzac with frost or gangreneous feetAfter surviving difficulties on Lemnos, young Florence James Wallace worked in France near the front line in a Compensation accident, treating soldiers with awful wounds or blinded by mustard gas.The Germans came out of their trenches and advanced as Florence and her stretcher case escaped by truckIn 1918, after years of nursing men broken and crushed by the fire machine, she had to face another challenge – a Spanish flu epidemicThey returned to a world that did recognize male courage and were quickly forgotten, two of them
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