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See below for latest news about Edie and her diaries. Older posts can be seen in the archive.

On Remembrance Day we encourage you to see the exhibition honouring the life of Dame Maud McCarthy – “The Nurses’ General”. It’s on until 8 December and full information is here: http://anurseatthefront.org.uk/dame-maud-mccarthy-exhibition/… Read more

The Queen opens Appleton Lodge

Well, what an amazing day in Aylesford with the Royal British Legion on Wednesday 6 November 2019. And how proud we were to be there to welcome HM The Queen as she opened the new RBLI care home for veterans and their families. It was only a month ago that we heard, out of the… Read more

On Wednesday 6 November 2019 Her Majesty The Queen is to open Appleton Lodge in Kent. The Royal British Legion Extra Care Facility at Aylesford in Kent has recently completed a new 15 bed luxury care home for veterans and their families, alongside their existing care home. They have decided to name it Appleton Lodge… Read more

Edie returns to Barts hospital

Well, perhaps not entirely true but Lisa and I were so proud to give our Edie presentation to the League of St Batholomews Nurses All Day meeting on Saturday 12 October.  The Great Hall was full of Barts League members and what a wonderfully responsive audience they were. At the moment this is our last… Read more

Update 11 November 2019 Such a privilege to be invited to the opening, last week, of the fascinating exhibition celebrating the life of Dame Maud McCarthy, Edie’s ‘boss’ in France and known as The Nurses’ General.  The exhibition is open until 8 December and if you can get to Oxford House in Bethnal Green you… Read more

Many thanks to Lorna Coots who sent me a photo of the memorial to Edie’s niece, Mary Elizabeth Appleton Ledger, who died tragically in June 1928, aged only 19. She drowned in the sea off Boulogne trying to save the life of a Frenchman. Here below is the memorial in Northbourne Church in Kent. Edie… Read more

Good to see that Simon Armitage’s poem, Sea Sketch, which he wrote about Edie back in 2014, features in his latest collection of commissioned work, Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic published by Faber & Faber.  More information here.   There’s a review of the book in The Guardian’s Review section (24 August 2019) here. More about the… Read more

In June 2019 we went to Crediton in Devon to give an Edie talk to the local History & Museum Society and to watch a wonderful production of The Men Who Marched Away by Crediton Operatic & Dramatic Society (CODS), What made this extra special for us was that Edie had a starring role. Do… Read more

With an ‘Edie’ talk imminent – at Tonbridge School on 20 June 2019 – one of Edie’s patients at Etretat No 1 General Hospital and named by her in her diaries has been discovered.  Full information here… Read more

Update 23 May 2019 Excellent article by former poet laureate, Andrew Motion, praising Simon Armitage’s appointment.  Particularly liked the last three sentences in the second paragraph of his piece! 12 May 2019 Great news that Simon Armitage is the new poet laureate. He wrote a beautiful poem for Edie as part of the BBC programme… Read more

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