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A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime by Mary Morris
  

A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime

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You can read any number of memoirs by nurses following in the footsteps of Jennifer Worth but this one I really recommend, a compelling diary of a nursing career undertaken during and after World War Two. Her diary is almost continuous following her career from Guys to Tunbridge Wells to Woolwich and on to service abroad in Normandy, Belgium and Germany. Diary keeping was forbidden but Mary Morris cheerfully carried on, reading her diary I grew to like her a lot, she has enormous empathy for her patients, disregards the notions of the time that forbad talking and listening to patients and must have helped so many get well again through her understanding and sympathy. She witnessed many horrors, the worst of which, rats killing a baby at Woolwich hospital, German POW’s sent for nursing when they were far gone with starvation and ill-treatment were hushed up. There is a lighter side to this darkness, her outgoing personality won her many male admirers and they add spice to the diaries as we wonder which one will attain the prize, I betted on Victor but it was Malcolm who won her heart in the end!

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A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime by Mary Morris

Mary Mulry was eighteen years old when she arrived in London from Ireland to begin training as a nurse. The year was 1939. She had hoped for an adventure and a new start; she could not have predicted what the next seven years would bring. In this extraordinary diary Mary recorded in intimate detail her experiences as a nurse on the Home Front and later working on the frontline in Europe. In London, she nursed critically ill children during bombing raids and narrowly escaped with her life in one the worst nights of the Blitz. In Normandy, arriving on the heels of the D-Day invasion, she tended to Allied soldiers and German prisoners of war. In war-torn Belgium, she witnessed harrowing casualties from the Battle of Arnhem. Yet romance, glamour and adventure were never far away for Mary, even if her relationships often had to be cut short.

About the Author

Mary Morris (nee Mulry) was born in County Galway in 1921. After completing her nursing training in London from 1939, she joined the Queen Alexandra Imperial Nursing Service Reserve in 1944. She married Captain Malcolm Morris in London in 1946, and they settled in Britain after the war. Mary later returned to nursing and never stopped writing. She died in 1997, and is survived by four children and eight grandchildren. Carol Acton is Associate Professor of English, St Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo, Ontario specialising in war writing, especially autobiographical works. She discovered Mary's diaries in the Imperial War Museum archives.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Mary Morris

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9780297871552

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