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Chisholm, Mairi Lambert Gooden (IWM interview)

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Catalogue number
  • 771
Production date
1976-06
Subject period
Alternative Names
  • object category: IWM interview
Creator
Category
sound

Object description

British civilian worked as dispatch rider for Women's Emergency Corps in London, 1914; ambulance driver with Hector Munro's Flying Ambulance Service and independently with Elsie Knocker in Belgium, 1914-1918

Content description

REEL 1 Aspects of period with Women's Emergency Corps in London, 1914: learning to ride motorbike; joining Women's Emergency Corps; role of WEC. Recollections of period of ambulance driving and medical work in Belgium, 1914-1918: Dr Hector Munro's attitude towards women; joining Hector Munro's Flying Ambulance Service; lack of medical provision in Belgium; proximity to front line; witnessing bayonet charges; move to Pervyse with Elsie Knocker; duties collecting wounded from no man's land; difficulties of driving near front line. REEL 2 Continues: difficulty of driving ambulances near front line; developing septicaemia in her wounded arm and treatment; treatment of wounded soldiers; difficulties in deciding which wounded to treat first; relationship with soldiers; routine duties in the trenches. REEL 3 Continues: lack of organisation of medical services, 1914; lack of official support for Flying Ambulance Service; working independently from Hector Munro; memories of Hector Munro; memories of being gassed with Elsie Knocker, 1918. REEL 4 Continues: father's visit to her in Belgium; parent's attitude towards her work in Belgium. Aspects of work in motor trade post-war. Attitudes towards shell shock.

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