Uncovered by Edith Blake’s great niece, this fascinating history reveals a young Australian nurse’s first-hand experience of war. The extraordinary tale is brought to life by Edith’s original letters and a remarkable photo section.
In the early hours of 26 February 1918, the British hospital ship Glenart Castle steamed into the Bristol Channel, heading for France to pick up wounded men from the killing fields of the Western Front. Onboard was 32-year-old Australian nurse, Edith Blake. After being torpedoed by a German U-boat, the Glenart Castle took minutes to sink. Of the 182 onboard, 153 perished including all eight nurses.
In Edith Blake’s War, her great niece Krista Vane-Tempest traces Edith’s story from training in Sydney to her war service in the Middle East and the Mediterranean up until her death.
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About the author: Krista Vane-Tempest is the daughter of a teacher and was raised in country New South Wales. She studied law, English, history and politics at the Australian National University then worked as a lawyer before starting to write. In her spare time, she is a volunteer guide at the Australian War Memorial. She lives in Canberra with her husband and three children.