Fantastic must read story by Dr Catherine Payne.
This story from Oldham is in the best tradition of wartime endeavour and adventure, showing just how much women played their part. It’s a long post and a gripping story.
Some of the extracts are taken from Mabel Stobart’s book, ‘A Flaming Sword in Serbia’.
Oldham Doctor in Serbia: A Lady’s Thrilling Experience
In February 1915 the Serbian Relief Fund asked Mrs St Clair Stobart to organise a hospital unit to work in the field with the Serbian army. For several years the Serbs had been engaged in military struggles with the Austro-Hungarian forces but during the early months of 1915 there was a lull in hostilities which the Serbs were using to try to rebuild and re-equip their battered army. Soldiers returning on leave to their families had spread the typhus virus and during the winter of 1914-1915 and on into the summer months, a deadly…
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