One Hundred Years of SWH in Krusevac: Heroic Heart Dr Inglis!

They showed exceptional courage, daily care of 800 to 900 patients. About 2,000 doctors, nurses and paramedics applied for the mission in Serbia.

SCOTLAND Women’s Hospital worked within the current barracks “Car Lazar” exactly 100 years ago. To century after selfless mission Dr. Elsie Inglis Mod (1864-1917), this fact can not be forgotten, in Krusevac library managed to collect photographs, written and electronic sources that represent an invaluable testimony to the heroism of a medical examiner from Great Britain.

– We started a track and reach more documents, photos and scientific works that speak of the stay nurses in Krusevac, from November 1915 to February 1916 – says for “Novosti” Snezana Nenezic, director of the library. – For some we know what they looked difficult days of their mission in neuslovnoj barracks. There were worried about 800 to 900 patients. They were in a kind of warehouse, paternalistic wounded on the shelf. Heavier patients were lying on the lower, lighter on higher shelves.

And the nurses, as can be seen from several written sources were located in one room, where they found shelter after the withdrawal of our troops from Kragujevac. In Lazarus town and welcomed the definitive occupation of Serbia in the Great War. Did not want to leave Krusevac even when the bombs began to fall from the sky.

– More texts extensions Dr. Zarko Vukovic, in proceedings in daily newspapers indicating their heroism in Krusevac barracks – said our interlocutor.

The documents mentioned resourcefulness Dr Inglis, who despite the swamp in the military circle managed to provide hot water for the wounded, and to the nurses under guard, with bayonets, were forced to leave Krusevac in the “repartiracije” human missions.Patients were referred for home treatment or have completed in Hungary and Austria. Dr Inglis until his death continued to fight for the Serbs.

– Female staff at the hospital were highly educated, were mostly students of the University of Glasgow – stand out in the library. They had managed to get one of the car, that facilitated the work.

If Serbia in the First World War was the darling of the oldest continent, synonymous with resistance and struggle against others insane territorial claims, by the fact that the response to humanitarian and medical missions around the world was striking.

– The victory of the Serbian Army on Cer 1914 had a great impact in the public allied countries – researched once scientist Dr. Zarko Vukovic in the “British Medical Mission in Serbia and Krusevac 1914 and 1915”, which highlights the merits of the mission of the Red Cross USA , French and British organizations. – They began gathering for Serbia, and the biggest turnout was among the medical staff.

A large number of doctors, nurses and volunteer nurses, a total of more than 2,000 have applied for medical missions.

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Elsie Inglis mode, a medical examiner trained in Edinburgh and Glasgow, one of the founders of the Scottish Federation of Women’s Suffrage, and after the First World War, the founder of Scottish Women’s Hospital. Medical first attempts made in France and Russia, and then in Serbia, where the Scottish nurses were treating the wounded in Kragujevac, Lazarevac, Valjevo, Mladenovac. With Serbian troops remained until the Corfu exodus. Dr. Noble was decorated with the Order of the White Eagle and the Order of St. Sava.