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'The remarkable wartime experiences of Kit McNaughton.

Kitty's War is based upon the previously unpublished war diaries of Great War army nurse Sister Kit McNaughton. Kit and historian Janet Butler grew up in the same Victorian district of drystone walls, wheatfields and meandering creeks, except many decades apart. The idea of this young nurse setting out on a journey in July 1915 which would take her across the world and into the First World War took hold of Janet Butler and inspired her to research and share Kit's story.

This decisive and dryly humorous woman embarked upon the troopship Orsova, bound for Egypt in 1915. Kit's absorbing diaries follow her journey through war, from Egypt, where she cared for the Gallipoli sick and wounded,to the harsh conditions of Lemnos Island, off the coast of the Dardanelles, and then on to France and the Somme. Here she nursed severely wounded German soldiers for the British. During Passchendaele, a year later, she ran the operating theatre of a clearing station near the front line. Kit finished the war as Australia's first plastic surgery nurse, assisting medical pioneers in this field as they repaired the shattered faces of Australian soldiers.

Through Kitty's diaries and Janet Butler's thoughtful narration, we see the war through the eyes of a young Australian nurse as she is transformed by what she witnesses. Kitty's War is an intimate and rare story of one woman's remarkable experience of war.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: This book is dedicated to my father, William Marland Armstrong.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: University of Queensland Press , 2013 .
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      Extent: 308p.
      ISBN: 9780702251061 (ebook : kindle), 9780702249679 (pbk.) :, 9780702251054 (ebook : epub), 9780702251047 (ebook : pdf)

Works about this Work

Review : Kitty's War: The Remarkable Wartime Experiences of Kit McNaughton Alison S. Fell , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , vol. 45 no. 2 2014; (p. 269-270)

— Review of Kitty's War Janet Butler , 2013 single work biography
[Untitled] Kirsty Harris , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , vol. 38 no. 1 2014; (p. 127-129)

— Review of Kitty's War Janet Butler , 2013 single work biography
In Short : Non Fiction Steven Carroll , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 April 2013; (p. 33) The Age , 27 April 2013; (p. 28)

— Review of Deadly Australian Women Kay Saunders , 2013 single work biography ; Kitty's War Janet Butler , 2013 single work biography
Untitled Cheryl Jorgensen , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20-21 April 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of Kitty's War Janet Butler , 2013 single work biography
Kitty's War : Review Jo Scanlan , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 356 2013;

— Review of Kitty's War Janet Butler , 2013 single work biography
Untitled Cheryl Jorgensen , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20-21 April 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of Kitty's War Janet Butler , 2013 single work biography
In Short : Non Fiction Steven Carroll , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 April 2013; (p. 33) The Age , 27 April 2013; (p. 28)

— Review of Deadly Australian Women Kay Saunders , 2013 single work biography ; Kitty's War Janet Butler , 2013 single work biography
Kitty's War : Review Jo Scanlan , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 356 2013;

— Review of Kitty's War Janet Butler , 2013 single work biography
[Untitled] Kirsty Harris , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , vol. 38 no. 1 2014; (p. 127-129)

— Review of Kitty's War Janet Butler , 2013 single work biography
Review : Kitty's War: The Remarkable Wartime Experiences of Kit McNaughton Alison S. Fell , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , vol. 45 no. 2 2014; (p. 269-270)

— Review of Kitty's War Janet Butler , 2013 single work biography
Letter From Boy, 14, Inspires French's Prize-Winning Tale About Life in Nazi Germany Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 September 2013; (p. 12)
Last amended 10 Mar 2016 16:05:08
Subjects:
  • Gallipoli,
    c
    Turkey,
    c
    Middle East, Asia,
  • c
    Egypt,
    c
    North Africa, Africa,
  • Lemnos , Greek islands,
    c
    Greece,
    c
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Passendale, Belgium, Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1915
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