Category Archives: Inspiration

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Chronicle of Youth

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Love is Blind (reading-as-a-writer 15)

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Armistice 1918

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The Forbidden Zone

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Regeneration (reading-as-a-writer 11)

View this post on Instagram My interest – indeed, my passion – for the #GreatWar started with Jeremy Paxton’s Great Britain’s Great War (2014), after which Testament of Youth made me cry and Memoirs of an Infantry Officer and Sherston’s … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast

View this post on Instagram Another unexpected literary inspiration – and evocative image – for my story; the traditional tale of Beauty and the Beast. Written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, first published in 1740 (as La Belle … Continue reading

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Shellshock in 1920

View this post on Instagram Finally, a #WW1 medical card completed in an English hospital. This is what the doctor wrote about the 27 year old Royal Artillery Driver: “Broke down under the strain of war. Became emotional and lacking … Continue reading

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Frontline​ care in the Great War

View this post on Instagram Field Medical Cards (Army form 3118) from #WW1 #Great War used by doctors in Regimental Aid Posts (Field Ambulance) close to the front line. If the soldier required further treatment his card would go with … Continue reading

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Devotion to duty

View this post on Instagram It wasn’t all dancing for Canadian #nurses serving in France in #WW1. Along with their British and US counterparts these women suffered serious injury and death whilst caring for the wounded of all nationalities. The … Continue reading

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Dancing on active service shock

View this post on Instagram It’s not fair! Canadian nurses serving in France during #WW1 #GreatWar were allowed to dance! With men! (Well, fellow officers anyway…) This was Strictly Forbidden for British nurses. Extract from 1919 Report of the Work … Continue reading

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