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Edith Elizabeth Appleton(‘Edie’ or ‘E’) was born on 9 June 1877 in Deal, Kent, 10th of 13 children. She trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital between 1900 and 1904. By December 1914 Edie was stationed at a hospital near St. Omer. In November 1915 she transferred to No. 1 General Hospital at Étretat and there followed several other postings throughout the war including to Abbeville, to 45 CCS at Achiet-le-Grand and to hospitals at Le Tréport and Boulogne. She served in France for the whole of World War One, finally returning home in 1919.

Edie kept a handwritten diary throughout the war which details all the horrors, including the first use of poison gas, but also records how she spent her time off duty including a number of drawings and many accounts of what life was like for nurses.  Amongst her decorations were the Military OBE, the Royal Red Cross and the Belgian Queen Elisabeth medal.


Edie died in 1958.


Dick (Edie’s great nephew), his wife Lisa and other family members have collected, edited and published Edie’s letters which are now available in A Nurse at the Front: The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton with a foreword by former Childrens Laureate and author of "War Horse", Michael Murpogo.


You read more about Edith’s diaries at www.appleton.org.uk




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