Thank you to Hugo Simms for sending me this spectacular link. So often the work of the SWH on the Russian front tends to be over looked. The diary of Peggie Simms as told by Hugo Simms, unlocks the retreats and offensives that the SWH so proudly supported on the Russian front. A unique and comprehensive window into life at that time.
By Hugo Simms
My grandmother Peggie Simms nursed with the London Unit of the Scottish Women’s Hospital from July to November 1917. She kept a diary detailing her adventures every day of her experience. She also took many photographs. One hundred years later I am retelling her story through the modern mediums of Twitter and Blog, each day exactly 100 years to the day using her words, photos, postcards and various ephemera. During her time away she travelled through Revolutionary Russia to the Romanian front where she worked alongside Elsie Inglis and her unit. In November they returned through Russia alongside the thousands Serbian troops evacuated at the instigation of Dr Inglis, who was dying at the time. Peggie was one of the nurses attending to her in her final days, as they crossed the treacherous North Sea back to Newcastle. She kept writing in her diary until the moment she returned to her home in Herne Bay.
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