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26 July 2013
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Angels of Mercy

A Women's Hospital on the Western Front, 1914–1918

Foreword by Tam Dalyell.

by Eileen Crofton - Find out more about the author


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'This is a very human book about the heroism of a small group of Scottish women who believed they could make a difference and help their fellow man' – Scottish Field

'Dr Crofton’s account surely establishes for all time the debt owed to "Angels of Mercy" in war and peace' – Scots Magazine

This is the story of the wartime experiences of a group of women who ran a field hospital near the trenches during World War I, often under conditions of great hardship. The text draws on the women’s diaries and letters home. The Scottish Women’s Hospitals unit offered their services to France and opened a hospital in the ancient Abbey of Royaumont, near Paris. The hospital operated from 1915 to 1919 and became famous for its nursing care, cleanliness and efficiency, recognised by the French authorities as a key wartime hospital.

Eileen Crofton studied medicine at Somerville College, Oxford. She joined the Royal Medical Corps in 1944 and was posted to County Down where she met her husband. She was appointed county medical officer of the Midlothian branch of the British Red Cross Society in 1963, later being awarded life membership for exceptional service. In 1971 she helped to establish Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and was awarded an MBE on her retirement from ASH Scotland. She died in 2010.