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Photograph - 40th Stationary Hospital, Ward 111, France, 1917 Image Reg. No: ST 042855

Small sepia photograph of ward 111 at the 40th Stationary Hospital in France during World War I. From a collection of material relating to the service of Nurse Taffy Evans.

No 40 Stationary Hospital was located at Harfleur, France, from May 1917 to Nov 1919.

Nurse J. (Taffy) Evans worked at several hospitals in England, France and Belgium during World War I. Her documents mention King George Hospital in London; Number 2 London General Hospital, Chelsea; Number 30 General Hospital, Calais, France; 52nd General Hospital; and 52nd Stationary Hospital, Havre, France (Ward C). Nurse Evans left London for service in France on 23 April 1917, and probably remained in Europe until the end of the war.

A total of 2,139 Australian nurses served in World War I in the Australian Army Nursing Service; a further 130 worked within the British nursing service. The reputation of nurses improved during the War as they became an integral part of emergency care, taking on increasingly complex work and running entire hospital operations. By 1917, some were even working in casualty clearing stations.
Black and white photograph on paper.
Description Of Content:
Small sepia photograph of hospital ward. The ceiling has visible beams and beds line the walls. A soldier in Australian Hospital uniform sits on a bed near a heater that is in the centre of the photograph. Flowers sit on a table near the heater. Men can be seen lying in their beds.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Returned Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1986
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: hospitals, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, women s work, nurses, flowers, beds
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: medical services & facilities
Inscriptions: Handwritten on back: 'Ward 111 / 40th Staty Hosp / France'
People Depicted: Evans, Nurse Taffy
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: 40th Stationary Hospital, France, circa 1917
References: Information on Australian nurses in World War I from '1918: Australians in France - Nurses - "The roses of No Man's Land"', Australian War Memorial, http://www.awm.gov.au/exhibitions/1918/medical/nurses.asp, accessed 27 May 2010.

No information is available on J. (Taffy) Evans in the Australian War Memorial, National Archives of Australia or National Archives (UK) web sites - 27/5/2010.

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