Gosberton nurses home from First World War

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The first of the nurses from the district had returned home from hospital in France where they had been treating wounded soldiers.

They were nurses M R and M T Casswell, daughters of Major Casswell of Gosberton, who had attended to men fresh from the battlefield.

Both nurses had been allowed seven days’ leave and spoke to these newspapers while they were home.

Both were Queen Alexandra’s nurses attached to the Army for several years, in which time they had seen “a great deal of practical work”.

Nurse M R Casswell had an interesting story to tell of her time in the hospital at Boulogne with the Expeditionary Force.

She said the hospital contained 200 people, but said once the weather improved a further 200 camp beds would double the size of the facility.

She said: “Here we have to deal with the wounded soldiers straight from the trenches, some (wounds) not dressed at all, just brought in by train in their muddy clothes, but fine specimens of British manhood. It is our duty to dress and clean their wounds, make them comfortable, and if they are not too seriously wounded, send them to England, and in the milder cases send them to a convalescent home to get better without going to another hospital. Of course, some of the worst cases we have to keep perhaps for a fortnight, perhaps longer, for when their life hangs in the balance we have to be very careful indeed.

“Do you know the British soldier is simply wonderful. He is carried into the hospital – smiling – in spite of, in many cases, most awful wounds. Perhaps he has an arm, a leg, an eye, two eyes gone; yet he is most cheerful. He receives attention and when in pain never grumbles, but is most appreciative of what we do.”