royalredcross, on 08 April 2012 - 11:08 AM, said:
It's a hurriedly cobbled together account using secondary sources and memoirs, some of doubtful accuracy. There are also factual inaccuracies in it - he seems to think the WRNS was formed in 1916 - and too great a reliance on the above sources including "famous" women.
If this is the best the BBC can do , they shouldn't bother.
Yes, in complete agreement. On the 'Medical Services' page (page 9) it's stated that 'There were, in 1914, two uniformed services in Britain that were open to women' and those were, apparently, the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and VADs. No military nursing services - no QAIMNS, or QAIMNS Reserve, no Territorial Force Nursing Service. It is rather woeful. And they can't even get the name of the author correct. It's articles like this that spread the word that the only 'nurses' who served during the Great War were Edith Cavell, Vera Brittain, Mairi Chisholm and Elsie Knocker. Of course, I'm forgetting Florence Nightingale who someone has probably resurrected and put in uniform.