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

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

We are so often asked if the beautifully made BBC 2 TV programme, The Great War – An Elegy, can still be seen. The answer is YES!  It’s here: https://vimeo.com/111787365.  Two and a half years on this film, which features Edie and her diaries and was made by Zoe Silver and her team for BBC 2… Read more

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

UPDATE 1 JULY 2020 Today is four years since the commemoration in Heaton Park, Manchester which was co-ordinated by Edie’s great, great niece, Sara Robinson.  It’s a good time to have another look at the two videos mentioned below 24 September 2016 You can now see a beautiful 23 minute film of the National Commemoration… 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

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