Grantville, PA: Privately Printed, 2006. Second Printing. Hardcover. 382 pages, illustrated with over 300 photos, maps, appendices, index. Signed by the author. The author is the niece of Helen Fairchild, and spent 12 years researching this book about her aunt. Helen Fairchild (November 21, 1885 – January 18, 1918) was an American nurse who served as part of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I, and who became known for her wartime letters to her family in the U.S., which vividly depicted the realities of combat nursing during World War I. She died of post-operative complications after surgery for a gastric ulcer while on duty with British base hospital #10/#16 on the Western Front. The story of Nurse Helen Fairchild's Life in 1917 during World War I. Her story covers her travels from Allenwood, to Watsontown, to Philadelphia, to London, to France, and on toward the Front Lines in Belgium in 1917. She was buried with full military honors in a cemetery in Le Treport and later shifted to Somme American Cemetery and Memorial in Bony, France. This is the story of an Army Reserve nurse, a first responder who sailed to Europe four weeks after the United States entered the war. Particularly significant was her closeness to No Mans Land, and the fact that her base hospital was closest to Nieuport when mustard gas was used for the first time, two weeks before the Third Battle of Ypres-Paschendaele, 1917. Helen Fairchild died overseas at age 33 in 1918, and is buried in Somme American Military Cemetery, France. In May 1917, Fairchild sailed from New York to London, and then went on to her posting in France at the Pennsylvania Base Hospital No. 10 at Le Treport, arriving in June 1917. She volunteered for front-line duty for the Third Battle of Ypres and moved to a casualty clearing station in Dozinghem. She served as a combat nurse and was exposed to heavy shelling including the use of mustard gas. She died after surgery as a result of hepatic complications, possibly worsened by her previous exposure to mustard gas. Condition: As new.
Keywords: WW1, Army Reserve Nurses, Ypres, Passchendaele, Military Medicine, Mustard Gas, Julia Stimson, Belgium, Helen Fairchild, Army Nurse, Pennsylvania Base Hospital No. 10, Dozinghem, Somme American Cemetery