Brittain, Vera, Diary, 13-14 July 1915

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Diary of Vera Brittain

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Case Study: 
From Youth to Experience: Vera Brittain’s Work for Peace in Two World Wars
Creator: 
Brittain, Vera
Source: 
diary
Date: 
13-14 July 1915
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Vera Brittain estate; McMaster University has a non-exclusive licence to publish this document.

Identifier: 
00000297
Language: 
eng
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...hard knowledge of Roland's life at the front. I see that the little fighting there has been in the British Lines has been in the neighbourhood of La Bassée. I found a little map in yesterday's "Times" giving on a large scale the District containing Festubert, La Basée & Givenchy. I cut it out & put it up on the wall.
Wednesday July 14th
Nurse Vaughan is still too ill to take duty, so I still have the three wards to do in the morning & only just manage to get them through in time. Some of the soldiers' remarks are most amusing; as I was dusting Ward 5 this morning, Sergeant Bishop said to me, in the tone of one making a remark & not the least familiarly or trying to pay a compliment "Well nurse, I've noticed many faces but I've never seen a pair of eyes like yours." I said of course that I wasn't aware there was anything particular about them & he said "Well you've got a look in them different from anything I've ever seen, though I can't explain what it is quite."