Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Female poets who were VADs, nurses, ambulance drivers, etc. during WW1

I am currently researching women who wrote poetry who were also nurses, VADs, drivers, cooks, artists, entertainers, munitions workers, and so on, during the First World War.

I have so far found the following.  If anyone knows of any others, please get in touch.   I am very keen to include women from all countries of the world - not just the UK, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland and so on - and would welcome your input.  Many thanks.


Edith Bagnold (Great-grandmother to Samantha Cameron wife of the current British Prime Minister)

Maud Anna Bell

Vera Brittain (nursed in Malta, France and Britain)

May Wedderburn Cannan (VAD - Rouen, France 1915 and Paris in 1918)

Eva Dobble

Rosaleen Graves (nursed in Britain and in France)

I. Grindley

Winifred Holtby (drove ambulances in France)

Nina Mardel

Carola Oman

Jessie Pope (volunteered at St. Dunstan's home for soldiers who had been blinded which opened in 1915)

May Sinclair (Travelled to France with Dr. H. Monro in August 1914, May had to return to England after six weeks due to shell shock)

Millicent Sutherland - her work was painted by the French artist Victor Tardieu

Joan Thompson

Evelyn Underhill (I am not sure if she nursed but she did work for the SSAFA - Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force Association - a welfare group)

Alberta Vickridge

M. Winifred Wedgwood

Alice Williams (went to Paris to run a refugee centre)


Mary Borden set up and funded a medical team and went to France 1915 - 1918

Mary H.J. Henderson lived in England and went with Elsa Inglis to Russia and Serbia to nurse

Marie Van Vorst

Edith Wharton

Ella Wheeler Wilcox - went to France in 1918 to read poetry and lecture to the troops

Grace Ellery Channing went as a War Correspondent


Henriette HARDENBERG - poet and nurse