of Scottish matrons (1912 1918)
soldiers are still appreciative to those wonderful and dedicated Scottish
women matrons and nurses, not only because they cured them observantly,
but also because of their emotional relationship that turned into love to
Serbia and its people. They manifested it through many acts. So, doctor
Elsie Ingless refused English consluls call to retreat her hospital from
the town of Krusevac, under the incoming aggressors. She did something
else she stayed waiting for the Germans standing by the wounded
Serbians beds. She has been there for the next three months living in
occupation, and although living in hard and poor conditions, she managed
to finish her mission. She was deported to the prisoners camp somewhere in
Europe. Even then she continued fighting for the Serbs and Serbia.
Stobar stayed with some small units of Allied soldiers, living through
Albanian scenario (when Serbs had to retreat through the mountains of
Albania, running from the Germans incoming, because they needed to arrive
in Greece, to receive medications and to have some rest). She also
received orders to retreat using the safe road and to take her hospital
with herself. There was a risk for equipment to be destroyed (although
that didnt happen), English donators criticized her and later on she was
dismissed from her function of hospitals director.
unprecedented curiosity was seen in the case of Mrs Flora Senz, once
gracious lady living in the highest London social class. As she didnt
want to leave wounded Serbian soldiers (her medic unit was withdrawn) she
decided to change her medic uniform for the soldiers one and she was
determined to continue with Serbian armys withdrawal through Albania. On
the Thesalonika front she was charging at the Bulgarian occupators
trenches and she was wounded few times.
could write some more emotional memories of the Serbian warriors as those
wonderful women did. Here are some extractions :
Wakefield: Serbs are great nation firm, strong, persistent, even they
become ill, they dont complain. They are ideal patients. They now how to
live, but they also now how to die. We really loved them.
Milan Koricanac for sending
in this translation.