Sister Edie Appleton was born in 1877 in Deal in Kent. She trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and joined Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service. She describes hospital life in the days before and after 1st July.
Edie Appleton was awarded the Royal Red Cross and an OBE. After the war, she worked at Bedford College, London. She married in 1926 and lived on the Isle of Wight until her death in 1958, aged 80.
Read her Life Story on IWMs Lives of the First World War
Further information can be found at http://anurseatthefront.org.uk/
Listen to Dick Robinson, the great-nephew of Sister Edie Appleton, talk about his great aunt and the Battle of the Somme here.