Nursing through Shot & Shell: A Great War Nurse’s Story

This well-researched book is based upon the memoir of Beatrice Hopkinson, a Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS) sister. It is a vivid and brave account of what it was like to be a member of the TFNS in the first world war.

Nursing through Shot & Shell explores what it was like to be a member of the rapid response teams in France. It demonstrates how demanding, and often dangerous, their work was.

The authors describe how the German front lines were pushed back, and how the nursing teams were faced with the unimaginable sights of the casualties of war.

They also provide a concise historical background to give a greater depth of understanding of the era. Importantly, they go on to highlight how the nurses were affected by patients and colleagues dying of influenza. The account also follows on after the war, and is no less insightful.

The bravery of these nurses, including Beatrice, will touch every reader. I highly recommend this beautifully written book. It is informative, factual and a truly compelling read, and the sensitive editing of Beatrice’s memoirs had me gripping this book tightly.