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Petals and Bullets: Dorothy Morris - New Zealand Nurse in the Spanish Civil War
New Zealand nurse Dorothy Morris described her journey to a Republican medical unit of the Spanish civil war in early 1937.
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This book is based on the vivid, detailed, and evocative letters New Zealand nurse Dorothy Morris sent from Spain and other European countries. They have been supplemented by wide-ranging research to record a life of outstanding professional dedication, resourcefulness, and courage. Dorothy Aroha Morris (1904-1988) volunteered to serve with Sir George Young's University Ambulance Unit, and worked at an International Brigades base hospital and as head nurse to a renowned Catalan surgeon. She then headed a Quaker-funded children's hospital in Murcia, southern Spain. As Franco's forces advanced, she fled to France and directed Quaker relief services for tens of thousands of Spanish refugees. Nurse Morris spent the Second World War in London munitions factories, as welfare supervisor to their all-female workforces. She then joined the newly formed UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, working in the Middle East and Germany with those who had been displaced and made homeless and destitute as a result of the war. Dorothy Morris's remarkable and pioneering work in the fields of military medicine for civilian casualties, and large-scale humanitarian relief projects is told in this book for the first time.
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Mark Derby is a New Zealand writer and historian. His books include Kiwi Companeros New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War (2009). A Spanish translation, Companeros Kiwis Nueva Zealanda y la Guerra Civil Espanol, appeared in 2011.