38 thoughts on “Guestbook

  1. The site is very interesting and is a subject that more needs to be known about – good luck with your work.

  2. Thank God someone remembered and took effort to think, learn and educate us about these great women. Being from Serbia myself I think that it’s been about time to understand our history better, to realize who real friends were and are, and to spread this around Serbia, UK, the world, Universe and every and any place there are Scots and Serbs. Great job mate!

  3. I found this website by accident while looking for something else and after I started reading I found myself having to read on, then felt i had to leave a wee comment. I find it hard to believe that these women went through all they did so bravely and without reward, other than the knowledge they helped all they could, and hardly anyone here in Scotland knows about them! I hope they can get more recognition, maybe with all the limelight on the 1914 – 18 war commemorations going on their story will be heard by others.Lets hope so. Many thanks for sharing these brave women’s stories.


  4. As a student, I believe this to be far more interesting and relevant to world history than that of the current curriculum taught in schools.
    I strongly believe that it would be beneficial for our children and their parents to study the work of these heroic woman – some of which were born not too far from me, as part of the already widely taught WW1.
    Great website, very informative.

  5. Hello from Greece. I study history all my life and i can tell that historians have always been unfair to those that didn’t bare guns but fought with their heart and kindnes, thank God this site is here to repair the injustice to these women.

  6. Thank you for your work – it is true that these extraordinary women are hardly remembered at all (such a shame). And the bravery they showed and the suffering they endured – I’m not sure us modern day people (men or women) could cope. I first became curious about the SWH when I saw the grave of Caroline Toughill in the British Military Cemetery in Skopje Macedonia. She was a remarkable woman who died during the epic Serbian retreat into Albania in the winter of 1915/1916 (such a Golgotha !). I learned later that she actually died in Kosovo when the car she was in ran off the road and over a precipice. She was 65 years old!

    Just one small quibble – Flora Sands, remarkable as she was, was never a member of the SWH.

  7. I discovered the story of these remarkable women when I was involved in researching the history of our local hospital. Catherine Emslie Anderson the first female doctor employed at Ashton under Lyne infirmary worked for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals at Salonika and Corsica. I was amazed to find out about these women and wondered why their story wasn’t better known. I have done a lot of research on this subject and so far have given three talks about them locally. I am trying hard to spread the word about them and their work. People have found it very interesting and are as amazed as I was that their work isn’t better known. Come on everyone spread the word! They truly deserve to be remembered and acknowledged.

    • Valerie, got the information today, will add to it here and there, but its great what you have come up with.

  8. Hello

    Although I am quite well up on the Great War I had never heard of these remarkable women until last month. I was looking at an unrelated search when I came across their story – one that really needs to be told. What better time than now, coming up to the centenary.
    Great website and very interesting.


  9. Very interesting! There is a treasure of documents about Scottish Women’s Hospitals at Women’s Library (LSE) and Wellcome Library in London.
    As I work in Kensington and Chelsea library, I wanted to share an information with you.
    On Thursday 6 March, 6.30 to 8pm the Library is hosting a panel discussion – “What did you do in the Great War, grandma?”
    We will be shining a light on a little-known aspect of the First World War – that of women at the front line of battle in a nursing capacity, with special emphasis on the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Service founded by Dr Elsie Inglis.
    Furthermore, Louise Miller, author of A Fine Brother: The Life of Captain Flora Sandes, will talk about the only Western woman to enlist to fight in the Great War.
    If you are interested, book your free place for this event at Kensington Central Library.

  10. I was trully impressed by the support and commitment of Scottish women provided to the Serbian army in the moments of worst hardships ever experienced in their retreat through Albania to Corfu. Serbia is grateful to these remarkable ladies and their memory is cherished in Serbian memorial centre in Corfu. A TV programme was filmed entitled “Flora Sands, our Englishwoman” (Nasa Engleskinja, Flora Sends) by Serbian national TV as a tribute to her selfless support during WWI.

  11. Thank you for this site! My grandmother, born in Aberdeen, served as a nurse with the SWH in Romania and Odessa. I have always been fascinated by her story and the few photographs from that time that she passed on to me. I am now sharing them with her great- and great-great-grandchildren here in Canada. These women deserved to be remembered!

  12. I have information that my great aunt Caroline Victoria Lowe, who qualified as a doctor in 1909 in N Ireland, served with the SWH in Salonika. I was not aware of this until after her and my mother’s death when looking through family papers. We shared a house with her and my grandmother after she retired as a GP on Merseyside, and I just remember her as an old lady, and had no idea of what she must have experienced. She never spoke of it. I would like to find out more about her service to confirm the information I have.

  13. In the Burial Ground of the Baptist Chapel in the village of Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire I came across the grave of Alice Mary Tebbutt Serbian Order of St. Sava. It was in trying to find out more about Alice that I came across your website. I am now determined to include Alice and others like her in our village exhibition to be held in October commemorating WW1. Thank you for highlighting the role played by these women.

  14. This is a great website which I stumbled on by chance, while trying to track down Catherine Mary Harlay ( no problems, I will find her elsewhere). Just one thing, I don’t think this site is fully inclusive. Today, I went to the Allied Cemetery in Salonika, and I visited the graves of Mary de Burgh Burt (d 7 April 1916) and Alice Annie Grey (maybe Guy? d 21st August 1916). I could not find either of these ladies on your website. It would be good to have a complete list of all the women who worked for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. Apart from that, great job. It is time that these women were remembered (all of them!) and given the respect they deserve.

    • Desperately seeking photo of Alice Annie Guy [ not the one published in the South Wales Argus]
      Also would like to contact descendants of Daniel Guy who emigrated to Canada .
      So I can update my book Newport Ghosts & the Great War

  15. In Australia we are also working towards publicising the work of about 22 Australian women doctors who independently travelled to the UK to work directly for the allies in WW1, as the Australian Army would not recruit women doctors, only nurses and allied health workers. Some of these doctors, such as Mary De Garis, Lilian Cooper and Agnes Bennett worked for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals – and there were many Australian nurses working for the SWH as well. My biography of Mary De Garis has just been published, entitled: Woman War Doctor: The Life of Mary De Garis, available from Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, which details her time with the America Unit under the Serbian Army, from early 1917- October 1918. She took over from Agnes Bennett as the CMO for 14 months. While these women were decorated by the Serbian Government, they received nothing from the Australian Government. It seems there was very little press coverage of the SWH in Australia at the time as the Australian troops were not deployed on the Balkan Front – they were on the Western Front in France. Best wishes for your great work here.

  16. What an excellent website. I am really impressed with the quality of the biographies. I look forward to reading more of them. One small point though;- would it be possible to post, perhaps in the ‘News’ section, a note of each biography as it is added?

    I can add a couple of details to the biography of Anna {sometimes recorded as Hannah} Lilian Muncaster. As mentioned, her first job was as Assistant Medical Officer at Edinburgh District Asylum, Bangour. She was the second woman to hold this position, the first, Mary Struthers Finlayson, having stayed a few months then left to get married. Anna stayed from 7th October 1909 until 28th June 1913. Like her predecessor, and Dr. Laura Katherine Davies, who followed her, she was also the Asylum Pathologist. At this time post-mortems were routine, in one year 93% of those who died had post-mortems. This was regarded as a highly creditable result. Given that 177 patients died in 1911 alone, Anna was kept very busy.

    • Hi
      Dr Anna Lilian Muncaster was my great aunt. Her brother, James Dixon Muncaster (03Apr1888-1956) was my mother’s father (Moira Beaumont MacKenzie Muncaster) (28Feb1928-03Oct2012). The family called her Laila. She wrote a book she called “Ann Fairbairn” which was actually a story of her life. My mother typed it out & I have a few copies. She changed the name as she thought her parents wouldn’t like what she wrote. I had the medals she received but have given them to my nephews (The Allied Victory Medal & The British War Medal). I also have a pearl necklace she was given from Smylie & Kemp Jewellers in Maritzburg, Natal.

  17. Hi Alan

    Great site and great to see it grow. Here’s my latest post on how Edinburgh continues to shun the legacy of Elsie and the SWH:

    I’ve also posted it on your facebook page.

    Some interest but the more we can muster, the more chance for success.



  18. Hi,
    What a great site!

    Margaret C. Davidson has an entry on the Women of Scotland site. There is a photo of her name on the Dornoch Cathedral Roll of Honour

    I took the photos of the brass plaque, and give you permission to use them if you want.

    I’ve also added a link to this site to Margaret Davidson’s entry on the WoS site – I hope that’s ok.


  19. Great site and thanks to Alan who has provided lots of information about a nurse who served with this unit. I would urge anyone with any information about this unit to share it with them and you may well be surprised what they can tell you about any members.Thanks

  20. Attende talk at Mitchell 10th June very interesting and a very interesting website
    Thank you Alan

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  22. If you follow this link and scroll near the bottom you will find a photo and other information about Alice Annie Guy who died in Salonika on 21st August 1915. You have my permission to use the photo’s if necessary if you would acknowledge the source. I have seen on the internet that some sites say she was born in Greece which is not true. She is a Welsh girl born in Newport, Monmouthshire.

  23. Dear sir,
    do you have any information or photos on Dr. Agnes Elizabeth Henderson, medical Missionary from Aberdeen to Nagpur, India in 189? thanks for this provision of this website. Information about Laura Margaret Hope and Alexandrina Matilda MacPhail was a delight to me.

    Thank you very much
    J K Timothy

  24. I have no records for Dr. Agnes Elizabeth Henderson working with the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, sorry but i only focus on the personal belonging to that organisation.

  25. Thank you for the wonderful story – Valjevo Remembers. I have just started researching my family history and found my relative “Catherine Pender” was one of the nurses with the second unit travelling with Dr Hutchinson for the entire time from 1/4/1915 to 12/2/1916. I have a poor quality photo of her with other nurses outside a building with the inscription “Dec ’15 As prisoners of War Hungary I am standing and in mufti of course”. She returned from the war and continued nursing in London. She never married.
    I note the last paragraph of your report states… “Having spent many years trawling through the various letters and diary’s written by these brave stoic women…” and I wonder whether there may be any more resources available relating to my great aunt?

  26. I am seeking a photo of Sister Alice Annie Guy of Newport, the one published in the South Wales Argus ,
    is of poor quality, or better still a relative, i think a brother went to Canada & fought & survived with the Canadian forces

  27. Well done Radio Scotland for bringing these amazing stories to light. These women are heroes and an inspiration to women in Scotland and the World. My mission now is to study this part of our history further and in so doing pass the knowledge on to the next generation. Brilliant that we have our very own Florence Nightingales.

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