Letter from Mrs. D. Kelly, the wife of a New Zealand soldier that was 'lovingly and carefully' nursed by Sister Taffy Evans during World War I. Her husband was seriously injured on the Western Front and was picked up by another soldier and carried to safety. Mrs Kelly writes "I wish it were in my powers to repay you, if you were to come to New Zealand a loving welcome will await you."

Nurse J. (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). Nurse Evans left London for service in France on 23 April 1917, and probably remained in Europe until the end of the War.

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 even working in casualty clearing stations.

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Two pages of blue paper with text handwritten in black ink,

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