Women’s role in the Great War must not be forgotten

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I would like to request that organisations planning activities will also consider placing women’s roles and experiences alongside those of their menfolk.

Reading about women in that war I feel ashamed that the courage, bravery and committment of our women and girls at home in munitions factories, mills, heavy industry and traditional male jobs whilst keeping their homes and children together until their men returned is so hidden and unappreciated.

Consider the nurses and women doctors engaged in pioneering work in hospital trains, field hospitals and hospital ships under enemy fire whilst dealing with horrendous injuries and shell shock, some taking the role of “mother” for the dying young soldier lost in the horror by holding his hand at the end.

The courage of women joining the Women’s Army Auxillary Corps, the Women’s Royal Navy Service and the Women’s Royal Air Force supporting the warriors with new skills and technology. Where are the memorials to their courage, their grief, their commitment?

This is a great opportunity to remember the sacrifices, courage and abilities of whole communities, men and women, who lived through those terrible years.

Lord Kitchener, Secretary of War wrote “it is fully recognised by the Government those working in supplying munitions in war, are doing their duty for King and Country, equally with those who have joined the Army for active service in the field”.

Julia Maybury

Pecket Well