Edinburgh memorial to 500 nurses who died in WW1

Nurses in 1919. Picture:  Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps Archives, Aldershot
Nurses in 1919. Picture: Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps Archives, Aldershot
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A PLAQUE honouring nurses who lost their lives in the First World War will be unveiled today to mark Remembrance Day.

It is the first memorial to bring together more than 500 names of British, Irish and Dominion Force nurses who died in service or through their role in the conflict.

The plaque at Edinburgh’s Central Library is the result of research carried out by historian, Yvonne McEwen with a support from organisations including the Deaconess Nurses Association and the Lothian Health Service Fellowship.

A display of rare photographs and documents highlighting the role women played at the frontline will go on show alongside the plaque.

Ms McEwen, Director of the Edinburgh University’s Scotland’s War Project, said: “Nurses were often casualties in just the same way soldiers were – with mothers, fathers and siblings waiting anxiously at home.

“With the support of our partners, we’ve created the memorial plaque, helping to share some of the hidden histories of these women.”