’It had me hooked from beginning to end’
Title: Unknown Warriors – The letters of Kate Luard RRC and BAR, Nursing Sister in France 1914 -1918
Author: Kate Luard
Publisher: The History Press
Reviewer: Debbie Quinn, BSc (Hons), PGDip, RGN, Queens Nurse, Northamptonshire
What was it like?
A book centred on the letters sent to Kate’s family during the First World War during her time in France
What were the highlights?
Fascinating tale of the horrors of war, the comradery, bravery and traumatic experiences of nurses in the ‘front line’ of duty for their Country. Thoroughly enthralling throughout and really opens the reader’s eyes to life as a nurse in the early 20th century.
Strengths and weaknesses:
Opening the reader to life as a nurse on hospital trains and casualty clearing stations. Coping with severe injuries, multiple deaths, supporting those dying and writing their last letters home, the rapidity of movement when the big pushes of either side made life hazardous and those moments of time off, walking miles across ‘safe areas’ of no mans’ land. It had me hooked from beginning to end.
Who should read it?
Anyone with an interest in the history of nursing.