Auxiliary Hospitals and the role of the VAD Nurses - by Dr Phylomena Badsey
04 Dec

Rounding the year off in style will be Dr Phylomena Badsey  on "Auxiliary Hospitals and the role of Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurses during the First World War"

Dr. Phylomena Badsey MA was awarded her PhD from Kingston University in 2005, its topic "The Political Thought of Vera Brittain" was the pinnacle of many years research into women and the Great War. In December 2010 she was awarded MA Second War Studies (with Merit).  Dr Badsey is a  frequent speaker for the Western Front Association, and Co-ordinator for the WFA Open Public Lecture Series (2014-2018) and is the WFA Universities Officer; she is regular speaker for the Women’s Institute. St. John’s Ambulance Brigade and the Rotary and Inner Wheel. Also is a Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton on the BA (Hons) War Studies and MA Conflict Studies  and the new MA in Second World War Studies: Conflict, Societies, Holocaust , she was the Project Manager for the First World War, Research Group, Faculty of Social Sciences Study Days 2013-2015.  

 Her most recent publication is a Chapter “Vera Brittain: War Reporter 1939-1945” in War, Journalism and History (Peter Lang 2012)  ). She gave a paper in September 2013 in Tokyo at the National Institute for Defence Studies – part of the Japanese Ministry of Defence on the German the occupation of the Channel Islands in the Second World War, which has been published in both English and Japanese.

In 2014 she gave a conference paper on ‘The British Red Cross at the start of the First World War’ at Birmingham Art Gallery. Also in 2014 she gave a paper on - The Anglo-Boer War - the training ground for British Nurses in the First World War. She gave a talk at The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton entitled “Regeneration: Fact and Fiction


Following the outbreak of the First World War on 4 August 1914, the British Red Cross formed the Joint War Committee with the Order of St John. They worked together and pooled their fundraising activities and resources. The committee supplied services and machinery in Britain and in the conflict areas abroad. The organisation of auxiliary hospitals was an important aspect of the Joint War Committee activities during the war. Voluntary nurses – better known as Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) – were people who willingly gave their time to care for wounded patients. During her presentation Dr Badsey will cover this and much more. 



                                                                                           Speaker this Month - Dr Phylomena Badsey  

Location: Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House, 113 Saltergate.  (Entrance to Club 'free' car park is on Tennyson Ave reached via St Margaret's Drive from Saltergate direction (one way system) Members of The Western Front Association and non-members are equally welcome to attend. We ask for a modest £3 donation on the door to assist in covering room charges and speaker expenses, The Club licensed bar is available for use by all attending our meetings. Please note: as we use a private club's premises on your first visit we will ask you to  complete a temporary club membership form at our Welcome desk. This is required to fulfill the Club's Licensing Regulations and is  regardless of whether or not you will use the bar. The annual one-off cost is covered by the branch out  of your donation.  After the speakers talk there is a Q&A session with the speaker, followed by a raffle, raffle tickets can be purchased at the door for £1 per ticket.).  Any new visitors will be assured of a welcoming and friendly atmosphere among a group of like-minded enthusiasts.

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Chesterfield Labour Club, 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF
04 Dec 2018 19:30