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This resource gallery has been developed to be used for pre visit preparatory work and for post visit reference. You will find a range of primary documents and material here that links to the themes in each unit. By clicking on any image below you can access background information on the source and also find out where it came from and where it is currently held.

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Olive as Volunteer Nurse

c. 1914-8


Olive Pakenham Mahon in nurses uniform. During the First World War many women anxious to be involved in the war effort joined Voluntary Aid Detatchments. Their contribution to the war effort ranged from preparing packs for soldiers, to driving ambulances, to working in field hospitals in France. Follow the link above to read first hand testimony of nurses and click here to see an image Elsie Thompson Harrison, in a very similar portrait to Olive's. 

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