Nurse Taffy Evans' World War I diary, written 23 Apr 1917-14 June 1919. A total of 24 pages have been hand-written.

The diary of Nurse Taffy Evans begins on 23 April 1917 when she leaves London for France. There she works in many military hospitals. One is 'a pet' while another is 'real black and horrid...hates Taffy'. At the 52nd Stationary Hospital, France there is a 'Great squabble between Colonials and Germans.' She goes to museums on her days off and is visited by soldier friend 'Dai' - who may be her younger brother David, who possibly served as ground crew for the Royal Flying Corps.

Nurse Jane (Taffy) Evans worked at several hospitals in England, France and Belgium during World War I. Her documents mention King George Hospital in London; Number 2 London General Hospital, Chelsea; Number 30 General Hospital, Calais, France; 52nd General Hospital; and 52nd Stationary Hospital, Havre, France (Ward C). She refers at one point to Ward 111, depicted in her photograph ST 42855. She records her expenses as well as her feelings about her fellow nurses.

A total of 2,139 Australian nurses served in World War I in the Australian Army Nursing Service; a further 130 worked within the British nursing service. The reputation of nurses improved during the War as they became an integral part of emergency care, taking on increasingly complex work and running entire hospital operations. By 1917, some were working in casualty clearing stations. Australian nurse Sister Selina (Lil) Mackenzie ran a casualty clearing station in Italy.

Physical Description

Small hand-written diary. A total of 24 pages have been inscribed. Purple (copy) pencil has been used.

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