“In his much-admired book published in 1975,” Baroness Williams of Crosby, the daughter of Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse Vera Brittain says, “The Great War and Modern Memory, the American literary critic and historian, Paul Fussell, wrote about the pervasive myths and legends of WW1, so powerful they became indistinguishable from fact in many minds. Surprisingly, Fussell hardly mentioned nurses. There is no reference to Edith Cavell, let alone Florence Nightingale.”

As we commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the war, much attention is being paid to the soldiers who served and the men who died. However, let us not forget those who served in the medical corps. Their sacrifice and dedication saved many lives.