British civilian nurse and dispenser with Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment in Torquay, GB, 1914-1918; worked as dispenser for Red Cross in London, 1939-1945
REEL 1 Aspects of training as nurse with Voluntary Aid Detachment in GB, prior to 1914: reasons for volunteering for voluntary service; accompanying district nurse on rounds; outbreak of First World War, 8/1914. Recollections of period as nurse and dispenser with Voluntary Aid Detachment in Torquay, GB, 1914-1918: scrubbing up; dealing with patient with damaged elbow; washing patients; initial experience in operating theatre.
REEL 2 Continues: cleaning up after amputations; attitude of nursing sisters; protection of patients from religious visitors; dangers of patients being lured away to public houses; writing letters for patients; description of tetanus case.
REEL 3 Continues: occasion of being escorted by home by soldier; patients' attitude towards war and their wounds; duites at Town Hall Hospital dispensary; problems with using carbolic. Memories of starting dispensary work in Torquay and at University College Hospital, London during Second World War.