Photographs Colourised In Attempt To Identify WW1 Nurses

Posted on Sep 6, 2018

They were taken at Wrest Park in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, which is thought to have been the first wartime country house hospital. English Heritage, which now owns the building, said the women were the “backbone” of the military hospital and “deserve to be known as individuals”. It ran as a hospital from 1914 to 1916. A fire forced it to close on 14 September 1916. As no formal records exist of the hundreds of nurses who worked and volunteered there, the pictures have been colourised by Marina Amaral and historian Dan Jones. Andrew Hann, English Heritage lead properties historian, said: “These women were the backbone of the hospital, and indeed the war effort, providing much needed treatment to the wounded, but also acting as a comfort to those soldiers traumatised by the horrors of war. “They worked tirelessly and deserve to be known as individuals, just as the soldiers they cared for do.”

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