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

Back in October 2016 I was contacted by Wided Krouna, a student at the University of Tunis, who wanted to use information from Edie’s diaries in her thesis for the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences English Department. We have continued to be in touch and her thesis is now complete. Here’s the cover page… Read more

11 November 2016 update This morning Sara laid this wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall: 30 October 2016 Sara Robinson, Edie’s great, great niece, will be laying a wreath on the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Friday 11 November. Having led the national Somme Commemorations in Manchester on behalf of H M Government back in July… Read more

Looking forward to telling Edie’s story, together with Prof Alison Fell, at the Gateways to the First World War (www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/) event in Canterbury on Armistice Day 11 November 2016. The programme is here: gatewayscanterbury11nov2016… Read more

Somme100 in Manchester – video

You can now see a beautiful 23 minute film of the National Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme which took place in Manchester on 1 July 2016. It’s here. The commemoration’s Project Director was Sara Robinson – great, great niece of Sister Edith Appleton: The film covers the build up to the events on… Read more

On 11 September 1916 Edie mentions ‘shell shock’. Here’s what she writes: We had a convoy of 399 in yesterday, only 70 wounded. Far the most of the sick were suffering badly from shell shock. It is sad to see them; they dither like palsied old men and talk all the time about their mates who were… Read more

John Banham has revised and updated his commentary on Edie’s closest friend and colleague, Sister Kate Maxey, as a result of further discussions with Kate’s great niece, Maureen Defty. This will be added to the Durham at War site as a replacement for the previous version but I have already added it to Edie’s website… Read more

23 August 2016. It is now exactly 100 years since Rifleman James Lennox died in Edie’s care at No. 1 General Hospital in Etretat on the Normandy Coast. Over a six week period Edie mentions him almost every day as he hangs onto life and it is one of the most poignant and heartbreaking accounts… Read more

Sue Light’s Funeral Ceremony

For the benefit of those who couldn’t be at Sue Light’s funeral at Worthing Crematorium on Thursday 28 July here are some links which tell you more about her. For those of us who only knew Sue through her research into nursing history the tributes from her daughter, Hannah, and from the celebrant, Simon Smith… Read more

I See No Stars song

On Sunday 3 July we went to St Anthony’s Centre, near Trafford Park in Manchester, to hear a concert by Paul Frost and friends commemorating the Battle of the Somme. One of the items was the beautiful song, I See No Stars, sung by Steve Robinson and Helen Hall. This was a duet, composed by… Read more

Sue Light

Update 9 August 2016 Click here for a page which includes the tributes to Sue and the words of the celebrant at her funeral at Worthing Crematorium on 28 July 2016. Sue Light, the person to whom I am most indebted in bringing my great aunt Edie’s diaries to public notice, died on 15 July… Read more

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