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Sisters of the Somme True Stories from a First World War Field Hospital

by Penny Starns

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Sisters of the Somme True Stories from a First World War Field Hospital Synopsis

With First World War casualties mounting, there was an appeal for volunteers to train as front-line medical staff. Many women heeded the call: some responding to a vocational or religious calling, others following a sweetheart to the front, and some carried away on the jingoistic patriotism that gripped the nation in 1914. Despite their training, these young women were ill-prepared for the anguished cries of the wounded and the stench of gangrene and trench foot awaiting them at the Somme. Isolated from friends and family, most discovered an inner strength, forging new and close relationships with each other and establishing a camaraderie that was to last through the war and beyond.

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The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, which takes place annually in Broad Chalke, near Salisbury in Wiltshire, is the largest festival dedicated entirely to history in the UK. Spread over 60 acres, it is a unique combination of talks, discussions and topical debates, plus a vast living history encampment, where the very best living historians bring history to life with their extensive knowledge and passion for their subjects. This summer, over 150 talks and debates will be delivered by eminent historians, writers and commentators. Speakers will include: Victoria Hislop, Michael Wood, Mariella Frostrup, Niall Ferguson, Kate Williams, Max Hastings, Neil Oliver, Antonia Fraser, and Ben MacIntyre.  We have four family weekend tickets to give away. These allow 2 adults and up to 3 children into the Festival for free on 29th or 30th June, to attend living history activities, listen to the ‘Live History Live’ talks, get access to the stands and stalls, and go to the party on Saturday evening! * The draw closes on 14th June 2019. Tickets to the literary talks are not included and will need to be booked and paid for separately. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter. We will select four winners who will receive a family weekend ticket. Each family Ticket allows 2 adults and up to 3 children to come into the festival for free on either the 29th or the 30th June The draw closes on 14th June 2019. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

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ISBN: 9780750961622
Publication date: 28/04/2016
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780750961622
Publication date: 28th April 2016
Author: Penny Starns
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, History,
Categories: First World War, Military life & institutions, European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Penny Starns

Penny Starns has a PhD in the history of medicine from the University of Bristol and is an established historian and writer. She is the author of Odette: World War Two's Darling Spy, Surviving Tenko: The True Story of Margot Turner, and Blitz Families: The Children who Stayed Behind.

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