Category Russian Front

The man who earned the first Victoria Cross

It was on Wednesday 21st June 1854 that 20 year old Charles Davis Lucas won the first Victoria Cross. He came from County Monaghan in Ireland and had joined the Royal Navy when he was thirteen. Now twenty, he was a Mate on HMS Hecla as part of an Anglo-French fleet at the eastern end […]

A nurse at the Russian Front

One of the books on my shelf is ‘Nurse at the Russian Front’ – the diary of Florence Farmborough who went to Russia as a teacher of English to a surgeon’s daughters and became a nurse with the Russian army through the 1914-18 conflict. Her diary for this day – Monday 23rd August 1915 – […]

A Nurse at the Russian Front

The name Florence Nightingale is well known the world over for her work in the Crimean War. Much less well known, but no less brave and committed, is Florence Farnborough – a nurse on the Russian Front in the 1914-18 conflict. The following is my precis of her diary of late January 1916. Florence and […]