Brittain, Vera, Diary, 27 June 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: 
27 June 1915
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Vera Brittain estate; McMaster University has a non-exclusive licence to publish this document.

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00000294
Language: 
eng
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Sunday June 27th
Behold, a new experience beginneth! I got up at 6:30 & went to the Devonshire Hospital. I expected to be an utter fool & get squashed all round but nothing of the sort happened. The first thing I had to do was to help with the breakfast. The Devonshire is a convalescent hospital, chiefly for rheumatism resulting from wounds. The number of really bad patients who have to stay in bed varies. At present there are fewer than usual. So I ran round the "Men's Day Room" where meals for the soldiers are served, putting out forks & spoons which seem to be permanently greasy. After that I took trays to patients in my wards still in bed. Another nurse, Nurse Vaughan and I, have three wards to look after, Numbers 5, 6, & 7. There were three men in bed in 7, all dears. Two of them were about thirty, & both very anxious to talk & tell me how they got here. Neither of them could walk. One had been 3 months in France in hospital, 12 weeks at Sheffield & 19 in Buxton! He had