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Without question their most testing time came in July 1916.

For anyone connected with the Battle of the Somme these were horrendous, dangerous and difficult days.

The hospital endured around 8 deaths per week, however most of the other hospitals in Salonika were reporting huge causalities.

In August the fighting began as the Serbian and French began pushing the Bulgarians back.

Royaumont Abbey north of Paris, France became during WW1 an all women hospital run by the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and by the end of the war had saved and aided thousands of lives.

The women who served and devoted a slice of their life, helping mainly the French soldiers are remembered by plaques on the walls and in the grounds of the Abbey.

Agnes worked at Royaumont Abbey 30 miles outside Paris.

They were dirty; there was a shortage of practically every amenity that they would need to run an efficient unit.

There were no lifts; water had to be carried to where it was needed.

The hospital was situated near the front line and nursed 10,861 patients, many with serious injuries.

The fact that the death rate among the mainly French servicemen was 1.82% is a testimony to the skill, endless compassion and boundless energy shown by the women.

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