Transcript of diary of Mary Ann 'Bessie' Pocock, 1914-1918 (Vol. 1)

Accession Number RCDIG0001389
Collection number PR05050
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 90 Image/s captured
Maker Pocock, Mary Anne 'Bessie'
Place made At sea, Australia, Egypt
Date made 1914-1915; 2006
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Digital format and content protected by copyright.

Transcript of the First World War diary of Mary Ann (Bessie) Pocock, Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS). The transcript was compiled by members of Pocock’s family and produced in 2006. The transcript covers the period from September 1914 to 9 May 1915, predominantly detailing her nursing service in Egypt. The entries begin with her departure from Australia on the troopship HMAT Argyllshire on 18 October 1914, bound for Alexandria. Once there she describes the daily routine and activities she and her fellow nurses were engaged in. As a nursing sister at the 2nd Australian General Hospital, Pocock describes her treatment of wounded and ill patients and records such details as their temperature, the specificity of their ailments, and the medical procedures that took place. She also describes her time in Ismailia and Cairo, and the sightseeing she and her fellow nurses undertook. The entries are interspersed with a variety of photographs, including those of sightseeing in Egypt and of the cruisers SMS Emden and HMAS Sydney.