We Also Served: The Forgotten Women of the First World War

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Pen and Sword, Nov 30, 2014 - History - 224 pages
We Also Served is a social history of women's involvement in the First World War. Dr Vivien Newman disturbs myths and preconceptions surrounding women's war work and seeks to inform contemporary readers of countless acts of derring-do, determination, and quiet heroism by British women, that went on behind the scenes from 1914-1918.??In August 1914 a mere 640 women had a clearly defined wartime role. Ignoring early War Office advice to 'go home and sit still', by 1918 hundreds of thousands of women from all corners of the world had lent their individual wills and collective strength to the Allied cause. ??As well as becoming nurses, munitions workers, and members of the Land Army, women were also ambulance drivers and surgeons; they served with the Armed Forces; funded and managed their own hospitals within sight and sound of the guns. At least one British woman bore arms, and over a thousand women lost their lives as a direct result of their involvement with the war. ??This book lets these all but forgotten women speak directly to us of their war, their lives, and their stories.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
6
Introduction
8
Sending the Boys Knittingfor the Boys Writing for the Boys
11
NursingPersonnel at the Front
32
Guns Shellsand Food
56
Aristocrats Doctors and Spies
83
Service women on theHome and War Fronts
105
Women who Died
132
His Name Liveth ForEvermore
162
I was very proud of my service
182
Select Bibliography
186
Index
190
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Dr Vivien Newman is a respected expert on women in the First World War, with a particular interest in uncovering the lives of women overlooked by other historians. She is on the judging panel for the annual war poetry competitions organised by Never Such Innocence and has previously published four titles with Pen & Sword.

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