Ts diary (27pp), with six ms diaries with ts transcripts (166pp), together with personal and official correspondence, presscuttings, photographs and other related documents covering her service in Belgium as an ambulance driver with the British Field Hospital for Belgium (September - October 1914), as an administrator of the Belgian Field Hospital at Hoogstade (May 1915 - January 1916) and as the benefactor and "directrice" of recreation tents for the 1st Division of the Belgian Army (February 1916 - February 1918). The collection contains useful descriptions of sectors of the front held by the Belgians and of meetings with other British volunteers in the country, including the Baroness de T'Serclaes and Miss Chisholm, and also reveals the great esteem and affection in which Mrs Winterbottom, the American wife of a British cavalry officer, was held by the Belgians for her voluntary effort, which lasted until September 1919.
Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.