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Good evening all,

 

I'm looking for a way to get access to the diary (unpublished) of Sister Margaret Allen Brander, TFNS.

She was mentionned in dispatches twice, worked the better part of 1915 at Nb 5 CCS and then served with Nb 26 GH in Etaples where her performances led her to being trained as an anaesthetist.

If I interpreted my sources well, the papers are at the IWM... anybody know if there's another copy available??

 

M.

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She appears in Emily Mayhew's book Wounded, so that should give a source.

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Imperial War Museums, Category Private papers

Catalogue number:  Documents.13190

PRIVATE PAPERS OF MISS M A BRANDER

 

Ts transcript of diaries dated December 1914 - May 1915 (39pp) and May 1915 - June 1917 (32pp) describing her service with the Territorial Force Nursing Service on the Western Front at the 14th General Hospital, Wimereux (October 1914 - May 1915), giving detailed information on injuries, ailments and treatments of admissions, her working conditions, numbers of patients and empty beds, her limited leisure activities (shopping in Boulogne and trips to tea rooms), Zeppelin attacks on Calais in March, rest period at Hardelot Villa in April (run by Lady Gifford); then service with No 12 Ambulance Train (May - November 1915), transporting injured soldiers from the front line in France and Belgium to hospitals and ships along the coast, giving detailed numbers of those injured (with severity of injury and rank), and description of the Stationary Hospital at Abbeville; service with 20th General Hospital (November 1915 - August 1916) at Dannes Carriers; with No 5 Casualty Clearing Station, Corbin (August - October 1916); with No 4 Casualty Clearing Station, near Acheux (October - December 1916) offering opinions on the planning and organisation of a front line hospital, describing regular shelling and the work of field ambulances; and with less detailed information on her service at No 5 Stationary Hospital (December 1916 - January 1917), GHQ (January 1917), No 1 NZ Stationary Hospital, Amiens (January - February 1917), and No 5 CCS (March 1917); also copies (24pp) of despatches (31 May 1915), Lord Kitchener's letter about recruitment (16 May 1915), photographs and postcards of various locations mentioned in the transcript, an article from 'The People's Journal' (January 1916), a published letter written by her describing Christmas 1915, her letter of application for a post at Perth Royal Infirmary (ca 1921), correspondence regarding award of 'Medaille de la Reconnaissance Francaise en Bronze' (September 1926), her obituary and a letter of sympathy to her brother John Brander (February 1948) following her death, and correspondence with him regarding the 'Miss Brander Fund' (1965).

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030013027

 

Perhaps you may be able to request a copy if you are interested in particular dates.

 

Cheers

Maureen

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So I guess this warrants a trip to London... once the whole "quaranteene yourself when coming from poor little infectuous Belgium" is over... 

Thanks!! 

 

M.

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Steven Broomfield

I think you mean 'plucky little infectious Belgium'

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yes... if we'd been talking before the Belgian Coast Wars!!!!

 

M.

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