Women's war service has been thrust into the media spotlight recently with BBC 1's Sunday night drama series, The Crimson Field. Described by the BBC as one of "the Great War’s untold stories", the drama is centred around a tented field hospital on the coast of France, where a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches.One of the issues raised by the story is the harsh reality of war. As with their male counterparts, women working close to the frontline could not be prepared for the sheer number of sick and injured men that would emerge from battle.
My Ancestor was a Woman at War (Society of Genealogists, 2013) looks at how to research military nurses of the Victorian era and both world wars, while outlining resources for Civil War ancestors, army schoolmistresses, munitions workers, Great War auxiliary services, land girls, and ships' stewardesses. For the Second World War, the book examines the experiences and records of those who served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, Women's Auxiliary Air Force, Air Transport Auxiliary, Women's Royal Naval Service, Women of the Merchant Navy, Special Operations Executive, as well as women who enlisted from the Empire and Dominions.
|Women undertook a variety of roles in WWI, from ploughing the land in Britain to tending wounds near the battlefields of the Western Front|
(i) VAD nurse, Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, would go on to use the knowledge of poisons she acquired during the Great War in her later career. How is she better known?
(ii) What is the name of the only British woman who enlisted officially as a soldier in the Great War (for the Serbian Army)?
(iii) During the Second World War, what did the initials A.R.P. stand for?
(iv) Into which service did Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) enlist in 1944?
(v) In which archive can you find the service pensions of UK-retired members of the Indian Army Nursing Service?
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