In the ‘Grey Battalion’: Launceston General Hospital nurses on active service in World War I
Source TitleHealth and History
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine
University of Melbourne Author/sHARRIS, KIRSTY
AffiliationArts - School of Historical Studies
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsHarris, K. (2008). In the ‘Grey Battalion’: Launceston General Hospital nurses on active service in World War I. Health and History, 10(1), 18-37.
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Nearly fifty nurses from the Launceston General Hospital served with the Australian Army Nursing Service or the British nursing service during World War I. These nurses served in countries that included Egypt, France, India, Greece, Italy and England. They worked in various roles including as a surgical team nurse close to the front working under fire; nursing on hospital ships carrying the wounded; or managing wards overrun with patients on ships at Gallipoli in 1915, whilst dealing with a lack of hospital necessities. This case study, of one group of nurses, shows that their experiences reflected the skills and roles needed to be a military nurse of the time, significantly different to the skills required to nurse in Australia.
KeywordsAustralian Army Nursing Service; World War I; military nursing; war nurse; Launceston General Hospital; Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve
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