A WAR NURSE'S DIARY

SKETCHES FROM A BELGIAN FIELD HOSPITAL

New York
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

1918


The Building was a large Catholic College

 

CONTENTS

PART I

I - THE START

Joining Up---The Personnel---Folkestone---Ostende ---Journey to Antwerp---Welcome.

II - ANTWERP

The Grammar School---Settling In---The Rush of Wounded---Kind Neighbours---Hard Work---Malines---The Fortifications---Winston Churchill---Rumours---"Ragtime"---The Cafés.

III - THE SIEGE

Fall of Walaem---The Water Supply---The Last Boat---Twenty-Four Hours' Notice---Midnight---Removal---In the Cellars---Next Morning---The Faithful Cook---The Tommies---The Gas Fails---London Buses---The First Convoy---Card-Houses---Pet Dogs ---"Bombe"---Howitzers.

IV - THE RETREAT

More Buses---Packing in the Patients---The Passengers---Down the Valley of Flames---The Wait at the Bridge---The Highway of Sorrow---St. Nicolas ---The Warning---The Track in the Dunes---The Constant Question---Agony---Death---Anxiety---The B. E. F.

V - GHENT

Arrival---Disposal of Patients---The Search---Found! ---Breakfast.

VI - BRUGES

More B. E. F---Hope and Activity---The Joy---Ride ---The Croix-Rouge---Two A. M.---Flight---Philip Gibbs.

VII - OSTEND

A Cold Reception---At Work Again---The Patients ---La Plage Hotel---Responsibility.

VIII - THE EVACUATION

Tuesday Night---Midnight Visitors---Halt, Lame and Blind---The Garde Civique---Fugitives---The Warning---Commandeering Steamers---The Man Who Never Came---Good-bye Bombe---Panic---Tragedy---The Transport---Old Friends---The Ambulance Train---Dover---London Again---The Dispersal---Good-bye.

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PART II

IX - FURNES

The Telegram---St. Malo---A Lively Reception------L'Ecole Episcopale---The New Staff---Our Orderlies---The Old-World Town---Seeing Life---The Munro Ambulance Corps---Our Chef---The Kitchen ---The Dining-Hall---The Menu---Darkness---The Rush---Miss McNaughton---Furnes Station---The Soup-Kitchen---The Midnight Ambulance-Train---A Sabbath Day's Journey---The Versatile Parson---The Rush---The Battle of the Yser---Taubes---Flight! ---Poperinghe---The British---The Cuirassiers---The Convent Refuge---French Troops---The Horrors of War.

X - FIRING THE "SOIXANTE---QUINZE"

From the Ends of the Earth---Two Brave Englishmen---The French 75---The Trench Dressing-Station---The Belgian Soldier------Homeless---Bereaved---Desolate---The Suspense That Kills---The Operation Theatre---At Work and Play---The Barber's Shop---The Sitting Room.

XI - CHRISTMAS

Visit to Dunkerque---Xmas Shopping---Hotter and Hotter---Optimist v. Pessimist---Christmas Trees---The Christmas Sacrament---The Huns' Christmas Cards---Hide and Seek---Mistletoe---An Interruption to the Christmas Feast---The Aftermath---Christmas Night---The Orphans' Party.

XII - THE BOMBARDMENT

In the Cellars Again---The Underground Theatre---The Shell That Arrived---An Unhealthy Spot---The Shell That Killed---Flight---The Widow---The Stowaway.

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PART III

XIII - HOOGESTADT

The Alms---House---The Attic---Bedroom---Mud---The Farmyard---A Patriotic Chef---Four Heroes, Joseph, Eugene, Ernst Handschutter, Jean Lassoux, V. C., Hero and Poet---Winter Passes---Daffodils---Spring.

XIV - THE SECOND BATTLE OF YPRES

April, 1915---Albert, the Orderly---The Spring Offensive---Hospital, a Shambles---Theatre, a Slaughter House---The Stretchers---Gas Shells---Understaffed---Over-Worked---Belgian Surgeons.

XV - A MILITARY HOSPITAL

The Huts---The X-Ray Department---Madame Curie---Summer Heat---The Tent---Air---Planes---Respirators---Our Garden---The Band---Entertainments---The Captive Balloon---The Barn Theatre ---Horse-Riding---The Premier Guides---Bray---Dune ---A Joy---Ride---The Picture-Gallery---Garden Banquets---The Blue Cross---More Riding---Out of Bounds---The Officers' Ward---Moonlight Meals---The Street That Is Called Straight---The Crosses in the Harvest---Field---Visits from the King and Queen---The Canadians---The General---The General's Room---General Joffre---King Albert---The Victoria Cross---Blackberrying in Flanders---A Country War Picture---The Orchestra---The Great Warrior---The Curtain Drops.

 

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Part One