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The glory in their eyes: The Nurses of the Great War, A talk by Ron Palen­ski. Who were these coura­geous women who left hearth and home to un­der­take rig­or­ous train­ing and then face the hor­rors of suf­fer­ing and death at the Front? Hos­pi­tal ships Ma­heno and Marama were a god­send to the sick and wounded but what was the tragic story that led to the sink­ing of the Mar­quette? This tragedy left 10 New Zealand nurses drowned when the ship was tor­pe­doed on 23 Oc­to­ber 1915. Why were they and other med­i­cal per­son­nel trans­ported through sub­ma­rine-in­fested wa­ters on an or­di­nary ship rather than a hos­pi­tal ship? Find out more. Lis­ten to his­to­rian/writer Ron Palen­ski. All

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