Nursing at Gallipoli: Time to Go Home

9 September

Nursing at Gallipoli: Time to Go Home

Before I read Sister Muriel Wakeford’s diary of her time nursing at Gallipoli, I would have assumed she decided to return home in September 1915 because her war-time experiences became exhausting and overwhelming. However, the diary suggests that she left for the very opposite reason:

Thu 2 Sep

Word came from No. 2 Aus. Gen. Hosp. that I with three others were to return to Gezireh. Had permission to stay in Alexandria till Saturday.

Fri 3 Sep

Pleasant day

Sat 4 Sep

Departed at 4pm for Gezireh. Arrived at 8pm.

Sun 5 Sep

Quiet day.

Mon 6 Sep

Most uninteresting

Tue 7 Sep

No change

Wed 8 Sep

Feeling very tired. We are not very busy.

Thu 9 Sep

No change

Fri 10 Sep

No change

Sat 11 Sep

Having a quiet time

Sun 12 Sep

Same again

Mon 13 Sep

Volunteered to go home to Australia with the invalids.


To write Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty, I had to research not only the Gallipoli Campaign but also Muriel Wakeford as I based the novel on her 1915 diary.

For anyone researching Australian involvement in WW1 from the point of view of the private individual who served, I recommend

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By Rachel Sargeant

Rachel Sargeant is a British author. Her latest thriller, The Roommates, is a Closer Magazine "Must Read". Her other titles are The Good Teacher, The Perfect Neighbours and Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty. Rachel won Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and has been shortlisted in various competitions including the Bristol Short Story Prize. She was born in Lincolnshire and is a graduate of Aberystwyth University. She now lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and children.

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