Elsie and Mairi Go to War

Elsie and Mairi Go to War When They Met At A Motorcycle Club In 1912, Elsie Knocker Was A Thirty Year Old Motorcycling Divorcee Dressed In Bottle Green Dunhill Leathers, And Mairi Chisholm Was A Brilliant Eighteen Year Old Mechanic, Living At Home Borrowing Tools From Her Brother Little Did They Know, Theirs Was To Become One Of The Most Extraordinary Stories Of The First World War.In 1914, They Roared Off To London To Do Their Bit , And Within A Month They Were In The Thick Of Things In Belgium Driving Ambulances To Distant Military Hospitals Frustrated By The Number Of Men Dying Of Shock In The Back Of Their Vehicles, They Set Up Their Own First Aid Post On The Front Line In The Village Of Pervyse, Near Ypres, Risking Their Lives Working Under Sniper Fire And Heavy Bombardment For Months At A Time.As News Of Their Courage And Expertise Spread, The Angels Of Pervyse Became Celebrities, Visited By Journalists And Photographers As Well As Royals And VIPs Glamorous And Influential, They Were Having The Time Of Their Lives, And For Four Years, Elsie And Mairi And Stayed In Pervyse Until They Were Nearly Killed By Arsenic Gas In The Spring Of 1918 But Returning Home And Adjusting To Peacetime Life Was To Prove Even Challenging Than The War Itself. This book is about two women who served during WWI as nurses in Belgium near the front, the only women to be allowed so close to the fighting Elsie and Mairi met in England as motorcycle enthusiasts Both were very accomplished and daring cyclists and mechanics When the opportunity came to join an ambulance corps in Belgium, they both signed up Elsie was about 30, divorced scandalous for the times with a young son, and had training as a nurse Mairi was only 18 from a well to do family in S This book is about two women who served during WWI as nurses in Belgium near the front, the only women to be allowed so close to the fighting Elsie and Mairi met in England as motorcycle enthusiasts Both were very accomplished and daring cyclists and mechanics When the opportunity came to join an ambulance corps in Belgium, they both signed up Elsie was about 30, divorced scandalous for the times with a young son, and had training as a nurse Mairi was only 18 from a well to do family in Scotland They first worked with a group of other ambulance drivers but eventually struck out on their own to man an outpost closer
A very remarkable story told in a very unremarkable way The author used diaries, correspondence, newspaper articles and interviews to piece together the story, the writing often reads as if reading from the author s notecards. When a note came from headquarters saying that the presence of female personnel in medical units on the military front is no longer permitted an exception was made for two women and they continued to run a battlefield first aid post close to the Belgian lines This is their story.The story itself is worth telling I wish the author, her proofreader and her editor had takentime and care in telling it The book feels rushed and fragmentary,like notes for a book than a finished produc When a note came from headquarters saying that the presence of female personnel in medical units on the military front is no longer permit
A good story poorly told, in my opinion Too flippant for a non fiction book Elsie s maiden name was Shapter, and author is unable to resist the temptation to call the first chapter The Shapter Chapter Felt like something a 13 year old would do Also the account sticks to a chronological recitation at the expense of theme and, to some extent, clarity Should really have recounted women s post World War I lives in one sweep cover Elsie till her death, then go back and recount Mairi s post wa A good story poorly told, in my opinion Too flippa
Elsie and Mairi Goes to War had the potential to be a great read because of the subject matter In 1914 Elsie Knocker divorced with one son and Mairi Chisholm 18 and still living at home were madcap motorbikers With the outbreak of the war, they joined England s Women s Emergency Corps, then were recruited for the Flying Ambulance Corps, whose mission was to help Belgian soldiers Unfortunately it reads like a dissertation and it s a little disjointed I m not sorry I read it but
The jolly hockey sticks style jarred with me To an extent the larks described in the book, at least in the early stages of World War One, were in keeping with the prevailing mood It had been a long time since Britain had been involved in a proper war and, with so many people desperate to do their bit, Mairi Chisholm, an 18 year old upper class Scottish motorcyclist, and her friend Elsie Knocker, a 30 year old single mother, were no different Somewhat improbably Elsie and Mairi were recruite The jolly hockey sticks style jarred with me To an extent the larks described in the book, at least in the early stages of World War One, were in keeping with the prevailing mood It had been a long time since Britain had been involved in a proper war and, with so many people desperate to do their bit, Mairi Chisholm, an 18 year old upper class Scottish motorcyclist, and her friend Elsie Knocker, a 30 year old single mother, were no different Somewhat improbably Elsie and Mairi were recruited by a socialist, vegetarian, idealistic nudist to work in a privately managed ambulance corps Their lack of medical skills didn t
This book about two women who set up their own hospital near the frontline at Ypres makes fascinating reading Brought together by their love of motorbikes, Elsie Knocker was a trained nurse, while her friend Mairi was a keen amateur mechanic After heading out to Belgium to drive ambulances, the two women noticed how many men were dying before they arrived at a medical station They decided to operate as near to the scene of battle as possible, so that they could provide treatment for shock and This book about two women who set up their own hospital near the frontline at Ypres makes fascinating reading Brought
Ditto others.A good story told badly, even for an academic writer This book drags and loops and avoids interest at every turn The parts of a great book are here Maybe this is an IKEA book, and it arrives flatpack you assemble it yourself. I totally agree with all the other reviews of this book Amazing women who have been done an injustice in the way this book tells their story. At times a bit boring.

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Elsie and Mairi Go to War
  • Diane Atkinson
  • English
  • 12 December 2017
  • 1848091338