Private Papers of Miss A Hills

Catalogue number
  • Documents.9601
Subject period
  • whole: 1 File and 1 Conservation Volume
private papers

History note

Catalogue date 2000-10-27

History note

Cataloguer AAM

Content description

Interesting collection of papers including 2 ms diaries and 46 ms letters to her mother written during her service as a nurse (July 1915 - June 1918) in the hospital ships (HMHS) SALTA, SIMLA (a depot ship for medical staff), NILE, NEURALIA and SYRIA (July - December 1915), at the 21st General Hospital in Alexandria (November 1915 and January - February 1916), in the hospital ship EBANI, then in British and German East Africa at the South African and East African Hospitals at Voi and Tanga, at the 19th Stationary Hospital based at Moschi, Korogive and Kilwa (March 1916 - December 1917), then in the hospital ship DONGOLA, at the 2nd South African General Hospital in Dar-es-Salaam, in the hospital ship OXFORDSHIRE and then in convoy in HMT EMPRESS OF BRITAIN back to the United Kingdom (December 1917 - June 1918). The papers include some useful details on her relationships with her fellow nurses, including her complaints about the high pay and status of VAD nurses in relation to the low level of their skills and responsibilities, the living conditions, the often limited food rations and lack of other basic supplies in East Africa, her general impressions of all the places that she visited or worked in and her reaction to the news that she had been awarded the Royal Red Cross; together with certificates of her mentions in despatches for December 1915 and March 1916, a telegram requesting attendance at Buckingham Palace to receive the RRC, photographs and postcards of several of the hospitals and places in which Miss Hills was based and portrait photographs of Miss Hills.

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