Elsie and Mairi Go to War eBook ↠ and Mairi Go MOBI

Elsie and Mairi Go to War eBook ↠ and Mairi Go MOBI


Elsie and Mairi Go to War ✻ [BOOKS] ✯ Elsie and Mairi Go to War By Diane Atkinson ❅ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk When they met at a motorcycle club in 1912 Elsie Knocker was a thirty year old motorcycling divorcee dressed in bottle green Dunhill leathers and Mairi Chisholm was a brilliant eighteen year old mecha When they met at a motorcycle club in Mairi Go ePUB ↠ Elsie Knocker was a thirty year old motorcycling divorcee dressed in bottle green Dunhill leathers and Mairi Chisholm was a brilliant eighteen year old mechanic living at home borrowing tools from her brother Little did they know theirs was to become one of the most extraordinary stories of the First World WarIn they roared off to London Elsie and ePUB Ò 'to do their bit' and within a month they were in the thick of things in Belgium driving ambulances to distant military hospitals Frustrated by the number of men dying of shock in the back of their vehicles they set up their own first aid post on the front line in the village of Pervyse near Ypres risking their lives working under sniper fire and heavy bombardment for and Mairi Go MOBI î months at a timeAs news of their courage and expertise spread the 'Angels of Pervyse' became celebrities visited by journalists and photographers as well as royals and VIPs Glamorous and influential they were having the time of their lives and for four years Elsie and Mairi and stayed in Pervyse until they were nearly killed by arsenic gas in the spring of But returning home and adjusting to peacetime life was to prove even challenging than the war itself.

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Elsie and Mairi Go to War
  • Diane Atkinson
  • English
  • 20 April 2015
  • 9781848091337

10 thoughts on “Elsie and Mairi Go to War

  1. Beth Beth says:

    This book is about two women who served during WWI as nurses in Belgium near the front the only women to be allowed so close to the fighting Elsie and Mairi met in England as motorcycle enthusiasts Both were very accomplished and daring cyclists and mechanics When the opportunity came to join an ambulance corps in Belgium they both signed up Elsie was about 30 divorced scandalous for the times with a young son and had training as a nurse Mairi was only 18 from a well to do family in Scotland They first worked with a group of other ambulance drivers but eventually struck out on their own to man an outpost closer to the front lines with help from others Elsie learned that patients did better if they were made comfortable and warm when suffering from shock and were allowed some rest before being transferred to a hospital for surgery The women performed simple first aid and provided hot chocolate and soup to men stationed in trenches nearby and drove ambulances back and forth to hospitals They endured very poor conditions and saw a lot of bloodshed and came directly into harm’s way on many occasions They went back to England many times to do fundraising for their work and became celebrities Elsie in particular enjoyed the limelight Both women eventually received several medals and commendations The women’s story is remarkable however the book could have been written to flow better There were a lot of details that seemed unnecessary and made following the story somewhat confusing The book follows the women after the war and their return to civilian life Elsie in particular never could find an occupation that challenged her as much as her activities during the war years; Mairi ended up living in Scotland with friends and farming since her health was poor after being gassed Unfortunately the two women did not remain friends after the war

  2. Jan C Jan C says:

    It didn't really take me 9 years to read this book it sat on the shelf for 5 of those years probably with 75 pages left to read But I finally picked it back up and finishedMostly an enjoyable book about two young women who hop on their motorcycles and go to war Elsie left her young child with an aunt Not sure if she had a divorce or got that later But Elsie and Mairie found their way to an aid station right by the front lines And they helped get the wounded to next stop on the road They were gassed and eventually returned to Britain They had held on to their aid station long after everyone would have liked them to be off the front line The Germans were just over the hillI got the impression much of the book was taken from Elsie's autobiography and yet I didn't like her as much as Mairie It was like Elsie could not let go of the war and Mairie found a way to get on with her life even as a poultry farmerI thought it took Atkinson a little long to wind up the book It is a complaint that I usually have about mysteries but can also happen with non fiction So I downgraded half a point for delay

  3. Jenn Jenn says:

    A very remarkable story told in a very unremarkable way The author used diaries correspondence newspaper articles and interviews to piece together the story the writing often reads as if reading from the author's notecards

  4. Jean Jean says:

    A good story poorly told in my opinion Too flippant for a non fiction book Elsie's maiden name was Shapter and author is unable to resist the temptation to call the first chapter The Shapter Chapter Felt like something a 13 year old would do Also the account sticks to a chronological recitation at the expense of theme and to some extent clarity Should really have recounted women's post World War I lives in one sweep cover Elsie till her death then go back and recount Mairi's post war life Still worth reading because the women were extraordinary but they haven't been done full service in this account

  5. Val Val says:

    When a note came from headuarters saying that 'the presence of female personnel in medical units on the military front is no longer permitted' an exception was made for two women and they continued to run a battlefield first aid post close to the Belgian lines This is their storyThe story itself is worth telling I wish the author her proofreader and her editor had taken time and care in telling it The book feels rushed and fragmentary like notes for a book than a finished product The information has been arranged chronologically but not selected or sorted for relevance or theme It did not make for a good reading experience

  6. Bev Ness Bev Ness says:

    Elsie and Mairi Goes to War had the potential to be a great read because of the subject matter In 1914 Elsie Knocker divorced with one son and Mairi Chisholm 18 and still living at home were madcap motorbikers With the outbreak of the war they joined England's Women's Emergency Corps then were recruited for the Flying Ambulance Corps whose mission was to help Belgian soldiers Unfortunately it reads like a dissertation and it's a little disjointed I'm not sorry I read it but I don't highly recommend it

  7. Nigeyb Nigeyb says:

    The jolly hockey sticks style jarred with me To an extent the larks described in the book at least in the early stages of World War One were in keeping with the prevailing mood It had been a long time since Britain had been involved in a proper war and with so many people desperate to do their bit Mairi Chisholm an 18 year old upper class Scottish motorcyclist and her friend Elsie Knocker a 30 year old single mother were no different Somewhat improbably Elsie and Mairi were recruited by a socialist vegetarian idealistic nudist to work in a privately managed ambulance corps Their lack of medical skills didn't inhibit them and they spent much of their time handing out patent medicines and mugs of soup and hot chocolateThere are some interesting aspects to this book The extent to which in the war's early stages so much was improvised And as I've already hinted the extent to which the war was exciting and fun for these two women indeed it seems to have been something of a playground for them Elsie and Mairi enjoyed playful conversations with German soldiers and lovely suppers with flowers chocolate and champagne Before long Elsie and Mairi became celebrities collecting medals from Belgian and English dignitaries At the Battle of Passchendaele Elsie and Mairi were gassed and finally evacuated and they returned home I have read ten books about World War One in the last few months and much of what is described in this book comes over as a completely different conflict There is a fascinating book to be written about this aspect of World War One perhaps using Elsie and Mairi's experiences as the springboard for a broader study however this book felt flippant and lacking in substance Perfectly readable but too much like a ripping fun filled yarn which is completely inappropriate and demeaning for a story that takes place during World War One with all of its associated suffering and tragedy25

  8. Judy Judy says:

    This book about two women who set up their own hospital near the frontline at Ypres makes fascinating reading Brought together by their love of motorbikes Elsie Knocker was a trained nurse while her friend Mairi was a keen amateur mechanic After heading out to Belgium to drive ambulances the two women noticed how many men were dying before they arrived at a medical station They decided to operate as near to the scene of battle as possible so that they could provide treatment for shock and vital first aid as well as preventative care such as looking after foot blisters before they became seriousDiane Atkinson writes vividly and includes a lot of fascinating little details which really help to bring Elsie and Mairi's work to life She shows how the women in effect lived in between two worlds since they often had to leave their posts in order to return to Britain to raise funds They were treated as celebrities so they were often going from a scene of terrible suffering to parties and dinners where they could raise money The strain on the nurses comes across through accounts of how some rivalries and rows arose between different 'angels' struggling to cope with a living nightmare At times the chronological approach does become rather disjointed and confusing and I could have done with explanation about exactly who somebody was who turns up in the narrative But all in all I found this a gripping read

  9. Barbara Barbara says:

    Elsie and Mairi had interesting experiences and their story is worth knowing However the writing in this book was really poor It seemed like a rough draft I was actually shocked to discover that Diane Atkinson has written several books I assumed this was her first and wondered how she had found a publisher for it It needs extensive editing I laughed out loud when I read this comment in chapter 5 We are bound to say that the tone of the narrative does not altogether please It is too kittenishone seems to hear the writer going off into a giggle whenever a handsome man comes into the story That is a jarring note and it is a great pity that it should have been struck for the adventure itself is a very fine one and moves on a plane in which giggling is really uite out of place This was from a review of a 1916 book about Elsie and Mairi It could have been written about this one The book sounded promising but it simply didn't deliver

  10. Alger Smythe-Hopkins Alger Smythe-Hopkins says:

    Ditto othersA good story told badly even for an academic writer This book drags and loops and avoids interest at every turn The parts of a great book are here Maybe this is an IKEA book and it arrives flatpack you assemble it yourself

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