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1879 Field Hospital Living History

Postby CurvyTheCat » 31 Jul 2015 15:45

Hello!

Recently I started having a look at information available about British Nurses in South Africa during the Zulu War of 1879. As a re-enactor, this rapidly became the basis for a living history idea.

I aim, maybe at some point next summer, to represent as best I can, the field hospital at Utrecht, where Sister Janet Wells nursed.

The research is going well so far but I'm interested to hear people's ideas on my project and I welcome any help to develop the idea and help it become a reality.

I'm particularly interested to hear from anyone with interests in Victorian medicine, especially battlefield medicine, or who has accounts of field hospitals of the period (c. 1870-1890).

Questions relating to the project will be warmly welcomed :)

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Re: 1879 Field Hospital Living History

Postby timothylrose » 31 Jul 2015 20:19

Katherine - when you do get things moving physically then talk to me - sure we can find a pitch alongside our people at an event or two - if you are around August Bank Holiday 2015 for Detling do drop in and see us and Dixie's chaps and we can have a chat about things - atb Tim
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Re: 1879 Field Hospital Living History

Postby CurvyTheCat » 01 Aug 2015 20:38

Hi Tim!

Thank you for you encouraging words! I will be attending Detling this year with Crusade. What group are you with, so I know where to make inquiries?

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Re: 1879 Field Hospital Living History

Postby timothylrose » 02 Aug 2015 09:42

Event organiser of the Diehard Company - www.thediehards.co.uk atb Tim
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Re: 1879 Field Hospital Living History

Postby RobD » 02 Aug 2015 19:37

You might ask your local library to order in a copy of
HEALERS, HELPERS AND HOSPITALS: a history of military medicine in the Anglo-Boer War. by De Villiers, J.C
It is confined to the period 1899-1902 but in two volumes and copious illustrations it covers all you need for that period.
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Re: 1879 Field Hospital Living History

Postby timothylrose » 02 Aug 2015 21:05

Katherine I am sure you already have this one sorted but if not it's the one to go with:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Surgical-Experi ... 5518945167

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Re: 1879 Field Hospital Living History

Postby RobD » 03 Aug 2015 08:47

And the book on surgical experiences in the AZW is available in hardback for £1.84 from Amazon!
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Re: 1879 Field Hospital Living History

Postby Dixie » 04 Aug 2015 10:57

Katherine - I'll introduce you to Tim and the Diehard's at Detling and we can discuss things there :D
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Re: 1879 Field Hospital Living History

Postby Isandlwana » 06 Aug 2015 09:17

Katherine,

Dr. George Stoker - the brother of the author Bram - wrote a report for the Stafford House Committee that details the volunteer medical services that they provided during the Zulu War.

Copies of the report are available from the Australian War Memorial Museum.

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Re: 1879 Field Hospital Living History

Postby RobD » 07 Aug 2015 00:43

Katherine, I've just finished reading "Surgical Experiences in the Zulu and Transvaal Wars, 1879 and 1881 (1883)
Brown, Dugald Blair".
Interesting reading if you are a doctor, but it gives no useful description about nursing nor the field hospital environment. Also, the madly low price I bought it at (£1.84) has now changed to 10x that price!

You can read a superb book, The Tale of a Field Hospital by Frederick Treves, free online about the Boer War (1899) here:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/41432
It will give you a great deal of the atmosphere and useful details, even though it is 20 yrs later than the period you are re-enacting.
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Re: 1879 Field Hospital Living History

Postby Isandlwana » 20 Aug 2015 12:00

Just to help with the attention to detail you will note the Stafford House Committee on their nurses' brassards.

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