Tales from the front line: an inspiring story comes to Rydal

The inspiring story of a nurse on the front line during the first World War is coming to Rydal.

Dick Robinson has been invited to give a talk about his great aunt Edie, Sister Edith Appleton, who served in Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve.

The hosts, Grasmere Women’s Institute, have booked the Bulley Barn at Rydal Hall as they are expecting a big audience. “If you enjoyed watching The Crimson Field on BBC recently, you won’t want to miss this event,” said one of the organisers.  “Everyone is welcome.”

Sister Edith, who worked in hospitals and on the front line in Normandy in Northern France, wrote a daily journal which has since been published by the Imperial War Museum with Simon & Schuster: A Nurse at the Front – The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton.

Mr Robinson’s wife, Lisa, will read extracts from the diaries.

For further information see the website www.edithappleton.org.uk

The event is on Thursday September 4 at 2.30 and tickets – including tea and traybakes – cost £8, from Ann Fawthrop (015394 35305).

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