Elsie and Mairi Go to War

Elsie and Mairi Go to War

Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front

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Baker & Taylor
"Chronicles the exploits of Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm who, not content with only driving ambulances during World War I, set up a first-aid post on the front line and worked under bombardment and sniper fire to save the lives of many. By the author of Suffragettes in Pictures."

Norton Pub
The incredible story of two courageous andspirited women who were the only femaleparticipants to serve on the westernfront during World War I.
When they met at a motorcycle club in 1912, Elsie Knocker was a thirty year-old motorcycling divorcee dressed in bottle-green Dunhill leathers, and Mairi Chisholm was a brilliant eighteen-year old mechanic, living at home borrowing tools from her brother. Little did they know, theirs was to become one of the most extraordinary stories of World War I.In 1914, they roared off to London 'to do their bit,' and within a month they were in the thick of things in Belgium driving ambulances to distant military hospitals. Frustrated by the number of men dying of shock in the back of their vehicles, they set up their own first-aid post on the front line in the village of Pervyse, near Ypres, risking their lives working under sniper fire and heavy bombardment for months at a time. As news of their courage and expertise spread, the 'Angels of Pervyse' became celebrities, visited by journalists and photographers as well as royals and VIPs. glamorous and influential, they were having the time of their lives, and for four years Elsie and Mairi and stayed in Pervyse until they were nearly killed by arsenic gas in the spring of 1918. But returning home and adjusting to peacetime life—and the role of women in British society—was to prove more challenging than even the war itself.

Blackwell Publishing
THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF TWO COURAGEOUS AND SPIRITED WOMEN-THE ONLY WOMEN TO SERVE ON THE WESTERN FRONT DURING WORLD WAR I

When they met at a motorcycle club in 1912, Elsie Knocker was a thirty year-old divorcee and Mairi Chisholm was a brilliant eighteen year-old mechanic, living at home borrowing tools from her brother. Little did they know, theirs was to become one of the most extraordinary stories of World War I.

In 1914, they roared off to London "to do their bit," and within a month they were in Belgium, right in the thick of things, driving ambulances from the frontlines to distant military hospitals. Frustrated by the number of men dying in the back of their vehicles en route to proper care, they decided to set up their own first-aid post on the front line in the village of Pervyse, near Ypres, risking their lives working under sniper fire, heavy bombardment, and horrific conditions for months at a time. As news of their courage and expertise spread, the "Angles of Pervyse" became celebrities, visited by journalists and photographers as well as royals and VIPs.

Glamorous and influential, they were having the time of their lives, and for four years Elsie and Mairi stayed in Pervyse until they were nearly killed by arsenic gas in the spring of 1918. But returning home and adjusting to peacetime lifeùand the role of women in British societyùwas to prove more challenging than even the war itself.

Baker
& Taylor

Chronicles the exploits of Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, who, not content with only driving ambulances during World War I, set up a first aid post on the front line in Belgium and worked under bombardment and sniper fire to save the lives of many.

Publisher: New York : Pegasus, 2010
Edition: 1st Pegasus Books cloth ed
ISBN: 9781605980942
1605980943
Branch Call Number: 940.47541 At54e
Characteristics: 280 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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Sep 27, 2014

Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm shared a love for the thrill of motorbikes. When war was declared in August 1914, the friends zoomed off to London together to do their bit. ‘Their bit’ was to establish a nursing station close to the front, give the first line of care to wounded soldiers, and transport them by ambulance to field hospitals. Nicknamed the Angels of Pervyse, they were decorated for bravery and sacrifice, and were amongst the most famous women of World War 1.

Their courageous work deserves recognition in all its aspects. This book gives only a partial view. And where was the editor? Rambling, disjointed sentences make parts of the book hard to follow. Worth a read to learn about women's role in the war, but it will leave you wanting more.

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