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

Great news that Simon Armitage is the new poet Laureate. He wrote a beautiful poem for Edie as part of the BBC programme, The Great War – An Elegy, back in 2014.  You can see Edie’s great nephew, Dick Robinson, reading the poem on the beach at Etretat in France where Edie served in WW1… Read more

We are pleased and proud that Edie’s great, great niece, Sara, will be at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 11 November 2018.Sara was invited because she was Project Director of Somme 100: the National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government and Manchester City Council.  Somme 100… Read more

Congratulations to all involved in creating the film Behind the Lines which features Edie’s closest colleague, Sister Kate Maxey, while they were working in Etretat in 1916. We were so pleased to attend the première in Spennymoor on 21st October 2018. You can see the whole film on YouTube here. Do please spread the word… Read more

 I recently heard from Sue Boothby of Disley WI in Cheshire (https://cheshirewi.org.uk/disley/) about their wonderful project to commemorate the forgotten women of the First World War.  You can read all about it below and I have added some of the pictures of them working on the poppies which Sue sent me.   Please spread the word… Read more

How time passes!  I’ve just accessed the April 2012 edition of Libby Purves’ delightful Midweek programme in which I ‘appeared’ to speak about Edie and her diaries.  Very happy memories, one highlight of which was to meet Sir Trevor McDonald who, like me, was born at Pointe-à-Pierre in Trinidad. You can still listen to the… Read more

If you haven’t watched the beautifully made BBC 2 TV programme, The Great War – An Elegy, you still can.  It’s here: https://vimeo.com/111787365.  This film, which features Edie and her diaries and was made by Zoe Silver and her team for BBC 2, remains ever-popular. In it Simon Armitage writes seven  poems, each one about an artefact… Read more

We had such a good time taking part in the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust conference in Bexley on Thursday 10 May.  Such a privilege to share Edie’s story with her successors 100 years later and what a delightfully responsive audience.  Here we are with Janice Algar (centre), who organised the day, and two colleagues dressed… Read more

Historian Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, whose book SOMME – INTO THE BREACH includes several extracts from Edie’s diaries, had an article published in the Isle of Wight County Press newspaper earlier this month.  The article focuses on Edie’s diary extracts for July 1916 and her accounts of the ‘takings-in’ of hundreds wounded and dying men from the… Read more

Edie’s uniform puzzle solved

OK, it’s not a huge deal but the puzzle of exactly what uniform Edie was wearing in this photo below  has been solved.  I had always assumed it was her ‘going out’ uniform and now, thanks to the archivist at St Batholomew’s Hospital, there’s a photograph of a group of nurses, one of who is… Read more

The Royal College of Nursing’s Nursing Family History Workshop has been rescheduled to Saturday 10 February 2018. Originally due to take place on Saturday 18 November 2017, this event will have the same programme, including our ‘Edie’ talk.  Full details and booking arrangements can be seen here… Read more

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