In every area of national life women donned uniform – to be bus conductresses, deliver post or serve as one of the 258,300 women working outdoors in the Land Army. By the end of war over 900,000 women were also working in munitions factories exposed to every kind of danger and risking their lives and health on behalf of the war effort.
The pre-war-trained nurses of the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Nursing Service (QAIMNS) served from the outset in many theatres of war including France, Belgium, Greece, and Iraq. By the end of the war 10,400 had served with QAIMNS. Their work in military hospitals and dressing stations near the frontlines resulted in some of them becoming casualties themselves and one hundred and forty one nurses are known to have died.