Lamarck Hospital, Calais

  • Lamarck Hospital, Calais

Brenda Joynson, front row far right, with some FANYs and members of the Belgian Military Medical Service pictured outside Lamarck Hospital in 1915. FANYs, even if not qualified nurses, oten wore nursing style uniform in the early days as it was considered more decorous.

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Brenda Joynson was a qualified nurse from Warrington. When war broke out, eschewing the military nursing services, she joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, an independent all-women paramedical organisation which managed to get to the Western Front in spite of official opposition. The FANY eventually served with three Allied Armies; Belgian, French and British.