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Student nurses help recreate First World War field hospital

Student nurses have helped recreate of the atmosphere of an army field hospital from the early 20th century, as part of a special BBC event to mark the First World War.

The BBC is touring the country with a roadshow about the First World War, to mark this year’s centenary of its outbreak in 1914.

The WWI At Home Live Events are designed to reflect on the dramatic impact the war had on families and communities, as well as helping people to explore their own relatives’ links to the war

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust is providing a re-enactment of a WWI field hospital for the events.

Three student nurses from the University of the West of England helped out with the re-enactment at last weekend’s roadshow in Bristol.

Alice Smith, Kirstie Beacham and Paige Snuggs all wore WWI nurses’ uniforms to add to the authenticity.

Also present were volunteers from the Cavell Nurses’ Trust and its chief executive Kate Tompkins, whose great grandmother was a midwife in Bedfordshire at the time of the First World War.

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust, formerly known as NurseAid, provides support to UK nurses who have fallen on hard times.

It was originally set up in 1917 in the wake of the public outcry that followed the execution of nurse Edith Cavell, who helped around 200 allied soldiers escape from German captivity.

While working in occupied Belgium, she was credited with treating injured soldiers from all sides in the conflict.

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Student nurses (left to right) Paige Snuggs, Alice Smith and Kirstie Beacham wearing WWI uniforms

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