Elsie and Mairi Go to War

Elsie and Mairi Go to War

Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front

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When they met at a motorcycle club in 1912, Elsie Knocker was a 30-year-old motorcycling divorcee dressed in leathers, & Mairi Chisolm was a brilliant 18-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 the First World War.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus, 2010.
ISBN: 9781605980942
1605980943
Characteristics: 280 p. : 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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