Old Girls News – Christmas 1915

Dorothy Sydenham is working in the 4th Southern General Hospital, Devonport. She is in a special ward now, and has ear, nose and throat cases. Katharine was working in Taunton until the Red Cross Hospital closed.

Nancy Humphreys worked for a month in the Salisbury Infirmary, and Muriel Vicary had three months there. Margaret Tracey has been there, and Kathleen Hulbert and Kittie Prothero for even longer.

Norah Montgomery has been doing Registration work, 200 houses, with an average of 5 papers a house; it was a big job, but most interesting.

Emma Burt goes every day from 10 to 5 o’clock to a hospital for Australian soldiers. She looks after the laundry and sewing. She does the carving, and sees after the teas and all odd jobs.

Amphyllis Middlemore is organising secretary under the Staffordshire County Council for their thrift scheme throughout the county, which includes local instruction in cooking and economical house-keeping, and in mother craft, and also a system of labour exchange, chiefly for agricultural work, I think. It entails much writing and going about visiting, in the various districts, and arranging meetings and committees.

Kathleen Pearce hopes to get into a hospital, only her age is against her. Until then she is working at the convalescent home, where she says it does one good to see how cheery and brave the men are-even those who have lost limbs; the other day two on crutches raced each other, and you would have thought it was the greatest fun in the world Kathleen also writes to a lonely man in her brother’s platoon, who says “he feels quite different now he knows someone takes an interest in him.”

Grace Cobbold is working at the War Relief Office, and at a canteen.

Estella McKean, is Secretary for the Red Cross Hospital.

Bice Moggridge is working at the Winchester Red Cross Hospital, in the kitchen, and when she is 21 she hopes to work in the wards. She is still going to have lessons on the Cathedral organ in her “off” times.

Cicely Janson has gone to work in a hospital in Malta.

Ruth Strange says we are kept very busy at our hospital, nearly always full and some very bad cases. We get quite a number of operations, and the men are simply wonderful, so plucky, it is a pleasure to nurse them.

Dorothy Chippendall has been working at the V.A.D. hospital at Kirkby Lonsdale, until it closed she helped in the office and with the linen; after a little holiday she wants more work.

Ruth’s doctor husband has just got a commission. Ruth has four boys, Harold, Alec, Michael, and Patrick.