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WH0120111107Dramatised diaries of VAD nurse Sara Wilsdon in Egypt during WWI.|Writing The Century -|The Camel Hospital,|Inspired by the diaries of Sara Wilsdon|dramatised by Karen Brown|The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people:|Sara Wilson was a V.A.D (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse posted to Egypt in January 1918.|The drama charts her journey through three different military hospitals,one of which is a canvas hospital in the desert, where she meets and marries the love of her life.Her diary spans a tour de force period in Sara's life, when this young woman from a sheltered background encounters death and love.|Sara - Rebecca Callard|Mary - Jessica Blake|Matron - Jacqueline Redgewell|Italian boy - Peter Singh|American Officer - James Nickerson|Research consultant - Professor Alison Fell|Directed by Pauline Harris|Sara was a VAD Nurse (Voluntary Aid Detachment) a unit which provided medical assistance in time of war.|VADs like Sara were young women eager to "do their duty"..|Sara at 24 years of age travels from 'Connaught Hospital' Aldershot to '31 General Hospital' Cairo with 22 other nurses.|There she nurses the wounded and dying and sees the devastating effects of Typhus and Malaria on our troops.|And yet she writes with good humour and energy, a fresh and vivid voice, taking a wondrous interest in the beauty of the landscape and the country's exotic atmos.|Unfazed by danger she takes every opportunity to explore her surroundings.|In Cairo Sara finds out that her brother Newton has been killed in action.|She bears her grief quietly, continuing to do her duty and hiding it from the injured men in her care.|In July 1918, Sara is transferred to a tented hospital in the desert in Kantara.|There she meets and gradually falls in love with Ray Wilsdon.|Her diary documents her growing affection for him, his transition from friend to fiancee.|When the war ends in November Sara's devotion to duty continues.|Her soldiers are still being killed, dying of their injuries and typhoid.|She and Ray get engaged.|In May 1919 orders come through that Sara must transfer to the 'Citadel Hospital' Cairo where there are localised uprisings.|Sara asks to be be demobbed and is waiting to go home when Ray sends a wire asking her to marry him right away.|Sara is faced with a difficult decision whether to go back home or stay with Ray in Egypt.|Professor Alison Fell has published several articles and chapters on women and the First World War.|She is the co-editor with Christine Hallett of Visions and Revisions: Studies on First World War Nursing (London: Routledge, 2012) and is currently writing a book entitled Back to the Front: Women as Veterans in Interwar France and Britain.|She is also leading the Legacies of War 2014-2018 project at the University of Leeds, coordinating activities around the First World War Centenary - http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/legaciesofwar/.
WH0220111108Sara meets Ray for the first time and hopes he wishes for nothing more than friendship.|Writing The Century -|The Camel Hospital,|Inspired by the diaries of Sara Wilsdon|dramatised by Karen Brown|The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people:|in January 1918.|After travelling thousands of miles from Aldershot to Abbasea the military hospital has only one|patient so Sara and her friend Mary have time to sightsee.|Soon, however, the is hospital is full and|Sara has a sense of purpose until she receives tragic news regarding her brother.|She meets|Ray for the first time and hopes he wishes for nothing more than friendship.|Sara - Rebecca Callard|Mary - Jessica Blake|Ray - Jake Norton|Captain Theobald - James Nickerson|Matron - Melissa Jane Sinden|Amelia - Verity-May Henry|Patient - Peter Singh|Research Consultant - Professor Alison Fell|Directed by Pauline Harris|Professor Alison Fell has published several articles and chapters on women and the First World War.|She is the co-editor with Christine Hallett of Visions and Revisions: Studies on First World War Nursing (London: Routledge, 2012) and is currently writing a book entitled Back to the Front: Women as Veterans in Interwar France and Britain.|She is also leading the Legacies of War 2014-2018 project at the University of Leeds, coordinating activities around the First World War Centenary - http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/legaciesofwar/.
WH0320111109Peace is declared in Egypt.|But conflict erupts between Ray and Sara.|The Camel Hospital - Episode 3|Sara Wilson was a V.A.D (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse posted to Egypt in January 1918.|Peace is declared in Egypt, but conflict erupts between Ray and Sara when he declares his love for her.|Sara - Rebecca Callard|Amelia - Verity-May Henry|Ray - Jake Norton|Matron - Olwen May|Research Consultant - Professor Alison Fell|Directed by Pauline Harris|Professor Alison Fell has published several articles and chapters on women and the First World War.|She is the co-editor with Christine Hallett of Visions and Revisions:.
WH0420111110Sara tries to find a moment to tell Ray about her change of feelings for him.|Writing The Century -|The Camel Hospital,|Inspired by the diaries of Sara Wilsdon|dramatised by Karen Brown|The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people:|Amidst the celebrations of peace being declared, Sara tries to find a moment to tell Ray about her change of feelings for him.|Sara - Rebecca Callard|Ray - Jake Norton|Amelia - Verity-May Henry|Matron - Olwen May|Patient - James Nickerson|Research Consultant - Professor Alison Fell|Directed by Pauline Harris|Professor Alison Fell has published several articles and chapters on women and the First World War.|She is the co-editor with Christine Hallett of Visions and Revisions: Studies on First World War Nursing (London: Routledge, 2012) and is currently writing a book entitled Back to the Front: Women as Veterans in Interwar France and Britain.|She is also leading the Legacies of War 2014-2018 project at the University of Leeds, coordinating activities around the First World War Centenary - http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/legaciesofwar/.
WH05 LAST20111111Sara is torn between returning home to her family or staying with Ray in Egypt.|Writing The Century -|The Camel Hospital,|Inspired by the diaries of Sara Wilsdon|dramatised by Karen Brown|The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people.|Torn between returning home to her family or staying with Ray in Egypt, Sara must make an agonising decision.|Sara - Rebecca Callard|Ray - Jake Norton|Amelia - Verity-May Henry|Matron - Fionnuala Dorrity|Research Consultant - Professor Alison Fell|Directed by Pauline Harris|Professor Alison Fell has published several articles and chapters on women and the First World War.|She is the co-editor with Christine Hallett of Visions and Revisions: Studies on First World War Nursing (London: Routledge, 2012) and is currently writing a book entitled Back to the Front: Women as Veterans in Interwar France and Britain.|She is also leading the Legacies of War 2014-2018 project at the University of Leeds, coordinating activities around the First World War Centenary - http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/legaciesofwar/.