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Eileen Crofton studied medicine at Somerville College, Oxford. She joined the Royal Medical Corps in 1944 and was posted to County Down where she met her husband. She was appointed county medical officer of the Midlothian branch of the British Red Cross Society in 1963, later being awarded life membership for exceptional service. In 1971 she helped to establish Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and was awarded an MBE on her retirement from ASH Scotland. She died in 2010.
July 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. This is the little-known story of the gritty and free-spirited women who in 1914 put aside their fight for the vote to set up a hospital, staffed totally by women, in an abandoned French abbey to treat the soldiers injured on the Western Front. Told largely through letters home and diaries, this book throws light on wartime conditions and the cause of women's suffrage. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... ‘I don’t think it’s too much to say that in writing Angels of Mercy the late Dr Eileen Crofton rescued an inspiring episode in history – women’s history, military history and Scottish history – which could have easily been forgotten. The story of the heroic female doctors who set up a military hospital in the old abbey of Royaumont in northern France during the darkest days of the First World War is worthy of a novel, and all the more inspiring and moving for being true.’ – Andrew Simmons, Andrew Simmons, Managing Editor, Birlinn