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FIRST WORLD WAR NURSES’S ALBUM - Reminiscences of No 1 War Hospital Reading, May 8th 1915

E Carleton Williams
Richly decorated World War I nurse’s album compiled in one of the largest war hospitals in England. Green quarto-sized album bound in green roan,… Read more
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Richly decorated World War I nurse’s album compiled in one of the largest war hospitals in England.

Green quarto-sized album bound in green roan, spine recently renewed; gold patterned endpapers with the booksellers’ label to front flyleaf of ‘Military Parade Bookshop.... Marlborough’. A manuscript title page is the first of 64 leaves of drawings and poems, by patients and a few staff working at the hospital. A photograph of a young woman with a baby is laid in, presumed to be the album’s compiler who has written her name opposite the title page. The entries continue until 1918.

The nature of the inscriptions and naive drawings is varied and touching. They include a note from a surgeon from the Indian Army, Tom Skeyhill’s poem ‘My little wet home in a trench...’ and many references to the place and time of the injury that brought the young man to this hospital: ‘Sergeant Major Hetherington wounded second battle Ypres May 24th 1915’. The simplest drawings feature regimental crests such as that of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the casualties range across the western front as well as going further afield to Gallipoli and there are also more ambitious full page drawings such as cartoons of Kaiser Bill and depictions of hospital scenes, bedside conversations and the inevitable misunderstandings between nurses and patients.

Reading was one of the largest war hospital complexes during the First World War, No 1 Hospital opening its doors in April 1915, at first taking most of its patients from the Battles of Ypres. The building had formerly been Reading workhouse, becoming one of the main medical centres in Britain, housing over 2500 casualties by the end of the war.


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Added under Manuscript
Publisher N/A
Date published 1915
Subject 1 Manuscript
First edition Yes
Product code 8113


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