Despite an extensive body of literature on World War I, there is a little knowledge about its professional nurses in the historical record. Their life histories have been overshadowed by attention to soldiers and the Voluntary Aid Detachments. This research project aims to examine the unpublished and published writings of five professional nurses from the Anglo-Allied forces to investigate their lived experiences at the intersection of war, military service, and nursing. Analysing their documented experiences, for private and public consumption, contributes further knowledge about the transformation of the nursing profession. This project uses a comparative analytical history approach, informed by a convergence method through a transnational lens, and is framed conceptually by the feminist history theory of the ‘disappearing ink’.
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