Two postcards written from overseas ambulance train number 36

1918 in France

Two postcards written from overseas ambulance train number 36, written by ambulance train nurse ‘Polly’. She describes the cold, her 'little stove' being useful, being busy, she asks to be sent a photo of a wedding, describes not being granted leave "my leave is off". Images of Abbeville and Rouen on the front of each postcard. Date on one postcard is partially obscured but appears to be in 1918

British ambulance trains operated both in the UK and overseas to evacuate military casualties to safety from the frontlines during the First World War. They could carry up to 500 patients and were staffed by medical officers (doctors), male orderlies and usually three or four nurses. This postcard could have been sent during the Second Battle of the Somme which took place between July and November 1918, this would account for how busy the nurse was at this time.


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