Women at British Army Auxiliaries - Stretcher Bearers c.1910-1915. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

By Mark McConville

THE VITAL role British women played in the World War One victory has been revealed in a series of pictures released 100 years after the conflict.

 

British women carpenters near the front. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

Incredible images show women as British Army Auxiliaries, working as stretcher bearers and carpenters near the front line. Two brave British women who lived within 500 yards of the front line are pictured digging up the nose cap of a shell that fell in the garden of their new Dressing Station.

 

Mrs. Hammond, American Red Cross, serving water to badly wounded British soldiers on platform of railroad station at Montmirail, France, 1918. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

Other stunning shots show women driving ambulances near the front line in France and tending to wounded British soldiers and German prisoners.

 

US ambulance in Paris. Brit women in France. Sister dresses wound of German prisoner. Gold stripes on guard’s arm denote he has been wounded. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

British women also played an important role on the home front and are pictured making splints, surgical dressings and comfort bags for wounded American soldiers.

 

Making sphagnum-moss surgical dressings at a branch station of Red Cross workrooms in Southsea, England, 1918. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

The ladies also helped to keep morale up by visiting American soldiers in hospital, with the image showing the American army hospital in Dartford.

 

Village women from Dartford, near London, visit American soldiers in new hospital just opened by American army there, 1918. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

The other side of the war is not forgotten either as women and children are pictured waiting in a bread line as hunger spread across the country.

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