Chisholm, Mairi Lambert Gooden (Oral history)

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  • 771
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  • whole: Duration 50, Number Of Items 4
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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British civilian worked as dispatch rider with the Women’s Emergency Corps in London, GB, 1914; ambulance driver with Hector Munro’s Flying Ambulance Corps and Poste de Secours Anglais in Belgium, 1914-1918

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REEL 1 Aspects of period as dispatch rider with Women’s Emergency Corps in London, GB, 1914: background to acquiring motorcycle; joining Women’s Emergency Corps as dispatch rider; role of Women’s Emergency Corps. Aspects of period as ambulance driver with Hector Munro’s Flying Ambulance Corps in Belgium, 1914: Hector Munro’s attitude towards women; joining Flying Ambulance Corps; lack of medical provision in Belgium; proximity to front-line including witnessing bayonet charges. Recollections of period as ambulance driver with Poste de Secours Anglais in Pervyse, Belgium, 1914-1918: move to Pervyse with Elsie Knocker, 11/1914; collecting wounded from no-man’s land; difficulties of driving near front-line. REEL 2 Continues: developing septicaemia from wounded arm and treatment; treatment of wounded troops; difficulties in deciding which wounded to treat first; relations with troops; daily routine duties collecting wounded from trenches; acting as observer in church tower. REEL 3 Continues: lack of organisation of medical services in 1914; lack of official support for Flying Ambulance Corps; decision to work independently from Hector Munro; memories of Hector Munro; story of being gassed with Elsie Knocker, 3/1918. REEL 4 Continues: father’s visit to her in Belgium; parent’s attitude towards her service on Western Front; return to civilian life in GB after 1918; attitude towards shell shock.

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