In 1915 volunteer nurses Kitty, Flora and Rosalie arrive at a field hospital in France to work under Matron Grace Carter and her stiff assistant Sister Margaret Quayle. They are unprepared for the rigorous life and dizzy Flora is ordered to wash off her scent so as not to excite the soldiers. Patriotic Rosalie rubs up against the more cynical Kitty, who accuses her of volunteering in order to escape a dull home life though she later apologizes but Kitty's rebellious attitude does not endear her to Matron, who wants to send her home. However her handling of the severely disturbed private Molloy impresses Matron, who allows her to stay. All the while Matron, head surgeon Colonel Brett and his doctors, captains Gillan and Hesketh-Thorne are trying to prevent arrogant, ill-informed superiors from returning psychologically damaged men to the war. Then a fourth nurse arrives, down-to-earth Joan Livesey, who claims she is a qualified sister though Margaret is suspicious. That night all the ... Written by
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The nurses are members of Queen Alexandria's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS). The small cape they wear is called a tippet. There are two tippets: the completely scarlet ones denote professional military nurses; the gray one with a scarlet band denotes a reserve nurse; that is, a civilian nurse who enlisted for the duration of the war. The small ribbon on the left side of the tippet is the Royal Red Cross, created by Queen Victoria, was the first British Military Order awarded only to women. The badge hanging on the right side of the tippet is the tippet medal for QUAINs and QUAINS(R)s. The ribbons are the same for both groups; professional nurses have an oval medal with a cross on it; reserve nurses have a round medal with the letter R. Both denote that the wearer was a State Registered Nurse and that she was a military nurse. It's the military equivalent of civilian Registered Nurses wearing their nursing school pin on their uniform. At the time of World War I, being a Registered Nurse was a big deal, a symbol that a woman had completed a rigorous training program and met all the qualifications for state registration. See more
Un bel di vedremo
By Giacomo Puccini
[From Madame Butterfly. Shell shocked soldier is soothed by the phonograph] See more