Diary - Nurse Taffy Evans, World War I, 1917-1919 Document Reg. No: ST 042858

Nurse Taffy Evans' World War I diary, written 23 Apr 1917-14 June 1919. A total of 24 pages have been hand-written.

The diary of Nurse Taffy Evans begins on 23 April 1917 when she leaves London for France. There she works in many military hospitals. One is 'a pet' while another is 'real black and horrid...hates Taffy'. At the 52nd Stationary Hospital, France there is a 'Great squabble between Colonials and Germans.' She goes to museums on her days off and is visited by soldier friend 'Dai' - who may be her younger brother David, who possibly served as ground crew for the Royal Flying Corps.

Nurse Jane (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). She refers at one point to Ward 111, depicted in her photograph ST 42855. She records her expenses as well as her feelings about her fellow nurses.

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 working in casualty clearing stations. Australian nurse Sister Selina (Lil) Mackenzie ran a casualty clearing station in Italy.
Small hand-written diary. A total of 24 pages have been inscribed. Purple (copy) pencil has been used.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Returned Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1986
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: diaries, hospitals, nurses, soldiers, wars conflicts, women s work, world war i 1914-1918, qaimns reserve, -1, australian nurses
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Personal Effects
Tertiary Classification: diaries
Inscriptions: Extensive text within.
Author: Sister Jane (Taffy) Evans, 1917-1919
Place & Date Written: France, 1917-1919

Original Date Range: 24 Apr 1917 to 14 Jun 1919.
Organisation Named: 52nd Stationary Hospital, 1917-1919
Organisation Named: Number 2 London General Hospital, 1917-1919
Organisation Named: 40th Stationary Hospital, 1917-1919
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.


K Harris Posted on 05 Jan 2010 5:16 PM
This nurse does not appear to be a member of the Australian Army Nursing Service but perhaps served with the British nursing service.

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