Women's War Weekly Archive

First World War Women

Their war, their lives, their stories

Women's War - Week by Week

Archive: The archive is on temporary 'hold' while I'm writing the next book in the series.

You can find all the Women's Weekly News Stories by following the links in the table. Hope you find them enjoyable, entertaining and interesting.

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The Women's stories

Jul 25 - Jul 31

One woman's premonition that war was inevitable

Aug 1 - Aug 8

All pretty confusing! The women, as well as the men, found it difficult to follow the politics that led to war.

Aug 5 - Aug 12

A woman war poet gives her irreverent views on the Britsh Government's tight-fistedness in paying for hospitals.

Aug 8

As keen 'to do their bit' as the men, here's one woman who beat the BEF to France.

Aug 12 - Aug 15

Irish poet Katharine Tynan records the West Kents leaving Dublin

Aug 15

The first war poem written by a woman was publsihed this day 100 years ago. Winfred Lett's describes a moving scene.

Aug 23 - Aug 30

A surprising story about one of Queen Mary's charitable dieas and how it went terribly wrong.

Sep 1 -Sep 3

An Essex nurse waits desperately for casulaties to care for. When the frontline collapses she and her colleagues have more than enough to cope with.

Sep 4 - Sep10

In the face of the German invasion - hear about a week in Namur, Belgium, with Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland, and her nurses.

Sep 10 - Sep 17

Looking back at August - one sister's grief for a dear brother.

Sep 17 - Sep 24

Two women medical doctors were told to, "Go home and sit still". They didn't and thousands of wounded would be grateful.

Early October

Kathe Kollwitz waves her son off to War and describes the pain which she and other mothers feel.

Late October

Kathe Kollwitz finally hears about her son.


When told by the British war office to "Go home and sit still" the Scottish women make offers of help to the French and Serbs.

Late November

Location, Location, Location! Dr Elsie Inglis and her Scottish Women are looking for somewhere to establish their first hospital. An old Abbey looks perfect, but.....

November 27

So what did the Abbé de Royaumont offer the Scottish Women's Hospital unit beyond magnificence? Find out more of this compelling and unknown First World War story.

December 2

Hear how the first group of Scottish Women got on during their journey to the Abbé de Royaumont. It was far from plain sailing!

December 11

The first Scottish Women have arrived at the Abbé de Royaumont. Hear what cook Dorothy Littlejohn has to say about the 'magnificent' faciilities.

December 17

The Scottish Women settle into Abbé de Royaumont - with few creature comforts.

December 1914 - April 1918

Letters were the 'email and FaceBook' of the Great War, but how did the wounded keep in contact with their loved ones?

December 20

Mildred Aldrich, an American whose house overlooked the Miracle on the Marne battle, makes her way into the devastated areas - in a donkey cart!

December 21

Mildred Aldrich when visiting the devastated areas north east of Paris meets an elderly woman with a very poignant story.

December 25

Christmas Truce? Neither nurses nor their patients played football in No Man's Land on Christmas Day 1914. Here's a touching story of what happened between British and German soldiers in one hospital ward.

New Year 1915

How does an octogenarian French-born Mother Superior of a New Zealand order of nuns get caught up in the War?


Listen to episode 1 of this entirely forgotten story.



January 8

When the women went to war was it all sweetness and light? Maybe, Maybe not. Hear May Sinclair's story of how it went terribly wrong.

January 20

May Sinclair wrote about her bad experience in France - using poetry as a natural way of telling her story.

February 14

Dr Elizabeth Ross - the Scottish Saint of Serbia: she died on Valentine's day.

Page last updated: 15/2/15


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