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Dumfriesshire in the Great War Book Review

Dumfriesshire in the Great War, part of the Your Towns and Cities in the Great War series, by Timothy McCracken, provides a fascinating insight into the impact of the First World War upon the civilian population and how they too played their part.

Dumfriesshire in the Great War book review

This is not just within Scotland, but the impact world-wide. For example, we learn about the Belgian Refugees who were settled to safety in this Scottish borders area.

Dumfriesshire played a huge part in the war effort. This ranged from war manufacturing, eg machine gun parts, through to the gathering of sphagnum moss, the natural materials for wound dressings. This moss would then be sewn in muslin bags in specially set up sewing rooms in villages.

The King's Own Scottish Borderers are the local regiment and feature heavily in the book. This includes a most interesting section about how war memorials in villages and towns were fund-raised and commissioned. In one town, 6000 attended the unveiling ceremony.

For us nurses the most interesting sections will be the detailed accounts of the many Red Cross and Order of St John of Jerusalem Auxiliary Hospitals that opened to nurse and rehabilitate wounded soldiers. Timothy has collated many historically important photographs of these buildings, their staff and patients. Alongside these are the names of the Matrons and nursing staff, the type of patients, entertainments they enjoyed and even accounting and descriptions of how such Auxiliary Hospitals received their funding and were able to open up to one year after WWI.

Dumfriesshire in the Great War is a great example of the magnificent work being carried out in rural areas of the Home Front and this volume will be of great interest to those with an interest in military nursing.

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Burnt Vengeance

Burnt Vengeance - How will a dying patient in a hospice take his revenge? What are his final wishes and what will his solicitor reveal when she reads out his Last Will and Testament?

5-star author C.G. Buswell brings another story from his dark, tempestuous mind. Burnt Vengeance will have you screaming for the light and grappling with your imagination as you try to quell your fear.

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Forces War Records are a genealogy site where you can find military records of over 6 million British Armed Forces personnel cross matched with over 4000 Regiments, Bases and Ships. This link includes a free search and a special discount of 40% off membership offer for visitors who use the discount code AF40 if they decide to become a member.
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