Thesis Title: Theatres of War: The Experiences of the Serbian Units of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals during the Great War.
This thesis is the first to explore the Scottish Women’s Hospitals’ Serbian Unit’s (SWHSU) gender performative and medical experiences during the Great War. Active on the Balkan and Eastern Fronts between January 1915 and March 1919, the SWHSU were unique because they were the first and only all-female medical unit to have maintained functional hospitals on the frontlines of war. They were operational in Serbia from December 1914, during this country's worst typhus epidemic until April 1920. Though still commemorated and greatly admired in Serbia, beyond this Balkan State history has overlooked them.
Through an exploration of memoirs, diaries and letters this study intends to recover the SWHSU’s legacy to Britain’s Great War memory. I will examine these women’s works in relation to their theatres of war - a deliberate plurality that exists because, as female medics, they performed not only in physical operating theatres, but in gender performative arenas that, due to the front’s shifting boundaries, were constantly in flux.
Supervisors and Institution(s):
Dr Claire Brock - University of Leicester
Dr Victoria Stewart - University of Leicester
Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):
Srpske Majke – Canada’s Forgotten Heroine: Josephine (Jo) Whitehead (1895-1964)