Just seen When Tommy Came Marching Home - wonderful WW1 show @BridportArts with @margiebarbour using our research to play @LadyMonkswell - music, drama, song, dance and a hilarious cookery demonstration - great fun @HLFSouthWest @DorsetArchives pic.twitter.com/2R5UJ9f5PD— Voices from 1918 (@VoicesFrom1918) 9 November 2018
As it’s Remembrance day, I thought I’d share a few pictures from a diary I have from the WW1. My Great Grandma was a nurse in Southport and she asked the injured soldiers she tended to, to fill the diary. Lest we forget. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PcNvnCDJnt— Alice Schofield (@aliceschofield_) 11 November 2018
Letter from Alfred Forbes Johnson to Essie, 11th November 1918
I believe the war is over. You will know for certain by the time you get this. I don’t think I shall see any more shelling and I am not at all sorry.
Congratulations! Glory! Hallelujah! Viva! Hurrah! The War – THE WAR IS OVER!! Hurrah! Hip, hip, hurray! We have just had the official information from the CO on parade. I can’t help writing off at once, though I really ought to wait until I am in a calmer state. pic.twitter.com/BDxie5ipe9— Fred Noakes (@fredtwells) 11 November 2018
Olive’s diary: 11th November Armistice proclaimed
Flags out here at 11.30. Florence ran in to tell us. A little upset to think my dear boy not here to see it! [referring to Major Edmund Street DSO, killed in 1916] Convoy arrived early. I began work in a full hospital.
Men excited playing every instrument they could & cheering like made things. Work hard. Concert by Kettles lot, most hideous row. F came and helped a little. Gave up A ward to Miss Bannister
James Sansom: 12th November 1918 We move on from Ascq to follow up Jerry who is retreating fast and keep marching through Lille Tournai and other places until we reach the village of Frasnes lez Buissenal when we hear the Armistice was signed yesterday
November 14th 1918 Letter from Alfred Forbes Johnson to Essie.
We are in a village where there are liberated French civilians. I was talking to one of them yesterday. They have certainly had a difficult time
Olive’s diary Nov 15th 1918
All preparing for this foolish fancy dress ball on the 20th. Griffiths said I looked after him like a King! He carried my coal home singing Welsh songs. Slate quarry worker from Llanllyfni in North Wales
Olive’s diary 20th November 1918
Fancy dress affair at Beaucroft Hospital. I remained on duty and put in 16 hot water bottles and got supper. The dresses were far beyond my expectation. Nurse Howell in an old costume got 1st prize, Florence helped her to dress. Stubbs as a London cabby got the men’s 1st prize.
Dear @OliveHarcourt, auxiliary nurse at Beaucroft Red Cross hospital in Dorset, I feel I've really got to know you through your diary. As a professional singer, & graduate of Dresden Conservatoire, you sing German folk songs to your injured soldiers and they love them @DohertyTA https://t.co/m0EsnMu2PL— Alastair Nisbet (@alastair) November 22, 2018
Olive Harcourt’s diary Friday 22nd November 1918
I sang at a small concert. After being on duty since 2 was tired. Had some supper with the staff. Sang Jess MacFarlane, Comin’ thro’ the Rye and to lute Die Sennerin and Nur einval noch. Hewitt gave me his picture, so humbly, by the kitchen sink
pictured: Jones, with crutches, Spiers behind chair, Hewitt in chair. Jones, Welsh took French leave on the way home. Spiers bad foot case, superior man
Wonderful letter from Capt Ambrose Pinney to Lady Mary - life in France and Belgium, the comedy of smuggling prisoners taken after 11am, the Belgians greeting British with bouquets and Germans with bricks
Namur, November 1918
My Dear Lady Monkswell, How very nice of you to write to me. It was a great moment when the Hun finally caved in, and since then the situation has not been without a humour of its own.
Olive Harcourt’s diary 30.11.18 Nurse Howell came in late for one & a half hours. Thinks Beaucroft will be shut soon. William Fletcher writes: Happy Days. It is with the greatest pleasure that I write these few lines.
Thank you ever so much for all your kindness shown to me during my stay at Beaucroft
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Thanks to all who have helped us with this project: Maria Gayton and staff at Dorset History Centre where we found Lady Mary Monkswell’s diaries; Joan Cocozza, ward of nursing auxiliary Olive Harcourt; Portland Museum where we found James Sansom’s diaries; the British Library and Wellcome Libraries; Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne and Gill Horitz from Wimborne Community Theatre.
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