Scotland yesterday commemorated the remarkable achievements of Dr Elsie Inglis and the Scottish Women’s Hospitals during the WW1 effort, 100 years to the minute since the start of her funeral in 1917. A service of thanksgiving was held at 2pm in Edinburgh’s St Giles Cathedral, the same location as the original funeral a century ago.
As we commemorate the centenary of the death and funeral of Elsie Inglis, we also reflect on the remarkable accomplishments her brave and determined Scottish Women’s Hospitals (SWH) colleagues. In this post, Marsali Taylor shares the story of her Aunt Ysabel, who worked as an ambulance driver on the Romanian front.
WW100 Scotland is inviting people to come along and celebrate the achievements of a remarkable woman at a service to be held in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, at 2pm on Wednesday 29 November 2017.
A guest blog by Predrag Stefanovic
I am a Serb living in Scotland. Ask anyone in Serbia about Elsie Inglis and there is a very good chance they will be able to tell you something about this remarkable Scottish woman. So deeply ingrained is she into the fabric of Serbian history she holds the status of heroine and is known fondly as “our mother from Scotland”.
WW100 Scotland is offering secondary pupils the opportunity to attend a talk on Dr Elsie Inglis – a woman dedicated to developing the rights of women and to caring for those most in need in Scotland and overseas.
Amateur historian and landscape gardener Alan Cumming has been researching the story of Elsie and the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for four years. While attending a football match in Serbia where Elsie spent most of her war years and is affectionately known as the ‘Serbian mother from Scotland’, he saw a commemorative plaque and wanted to know more. Here, he shares some of his knowledge to tell Elsie’s remarkable story.
WW100 Scotland is set to commemorate the remarkable achievements of Dr Elsie Inglis and the Scottish Women’s Hospitals during the WW1 effort, 100 years on from her death.
Scotland will mark the Battle of Arras and the centenary of the death of Dr Elsie Inglis as part of this year’s World War One commemorations, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced.
The story of the women who would not ‘go home and sit still’ is being brought to life at the Scottish Parliament in a new free exhibition exploring the remarkable work of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals during the First World War, featuring never-before-seen work by the Scottish artist John Bellany.