Lucy Sinton Kelly

Lucy Sinton Kelly was born on 27 December 1883 at Magheramesk Lisburn. She was one of seven children born to James Kelly and Martha Law.

Lucy joined the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R) on 18th October 1915 and left for France 9th October 1916. She was stationed at 14 Stationary Hospital C ward.

Whilst in France she worked in Casualty Clearing Stations and hospital trains, often in the thick of heavy fighting and facing appalling carnage and shocking wounds.

She was demobbed on 31st March 1919 and returned home to Northern Ireland where she continued her work in Purdysburn Hospital in the isolation ward.

She was awarded The Royal Red Cross for her service in France. Lucy travelled to Canada in June 27th 1920 but later returned home and lived out her old age in her native Northern Ireland.

Researcher: Caroline Pollard

PRONI Reference for Diary: T3971

Bio & Researcher's Notes

Lucy Sinton Kelly Diary Entries

27th September, 1917
We had to get our gas helmets ready...
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1st October, 1917
Am very tired as it is 6am...
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24th March, 1918
The day was so bright it made one feel happy to be alive...
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27th March, 1918
Oh what a sight we seemed to have lived through...
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5th April, 1918
Received mail from George...
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8th May, 1918
It was the most fearsome night ever...
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15th May, 1918
It gets very chilly lying out in sands...
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2nd June, 1918
Third day very tired got to bed at 9am...
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5th July, 1918
Sleeping in a damp cellar wish we could move out...
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31st August, 1918
Carried 7,340 patients...
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15th September, 1918
Almost afraid to walk in case you go up in air...
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11th November, 1918
Expect to move out soon...
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