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Roses of No Man's Land

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A recital of a popular WW1 song which explains why nurses became known as the "Roses of No Man's Land"

Towards the end of the First World War a new record was being played on the phonographs, the song was called The Roses Of No Man's Land. It was an instant hit with wounded soldiers convalescing in hospital who knew first-hand what nurses were doing for the wounded and what they were going through during the war. These are the words of that song, it’s a little sentimental but it meant an awful lot to the nurses at the time. It goes like this. There’s a Rose that grows in No Man's Land. And it’s wonderful to see. Tho it’s sprayed with tears, It will live for years In my garden of memory. It’s the one red rose The soldier knows It’s the work of the masters hand; In the War’s great curse, stands the Red Cross Nurse, She’s the Rose of No Man’s Land. So there you have it, that’s how we became known as the Roses of No Man's Land.
20th Century
Medicine & health
WW1 nurse
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