A Hospital Letter-Writer In France (1920)

May Bradford ( Lady May Roberts Bradford )

A Hospital Letter-Writer In France

Published: London, Methuen and Co, 1920

Date: 1920

London, Methuen and Co, 1920. Very good blue cloth with gilt title to spine. Contents fine, Frontis of the author. Some light foxing. 108 pages. Scarce.

Red Cross volunteer May Bradford knew better than most how important a letter could be. She was the official letter writer at the hospital which inspired the BBC’s The Crimson Field – No.26 General Hospital in Etaples, France. Throughout the war she wrote over 25,000 letters. She wrote letters to the families of injured servicemen, explaining their medical condition and the treatment they were receiving. She usually had more information about each individual than the War Office. Many families relied on Red Cross letters for up-to-date news about their sons, fathers and brothers Love letters were no laughing matter… May also wrote letters on behalf of the hospital patients, many of whom were too ill to write. She wrote everything from love letters and notes to mothers to Christmas cards. The men called her ‘Tommy’s little mother’.


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