War song by James Riordan

War song by James Riordan

Dorothy and Florence Loveless are twins – young women who have to forge a life for themselves during the First World War. Dorothy finds work in a munition’s factory, filling cigar shaped shells with gunpowder.

It is dangerous work, and the women are looked down on by their male counterparts - but England needs its women to take up these traditionally male positions as the men have been sent overseas to fight. Florence has a calling to become a nurse, and wants to help soldiers that have been injured in the war. She is a brave woman who puts the safety of others before her own, even crossing enemy lines. She is passionate about her role of looking after patients, no matter what side they are on.

There is also historical reference to British Nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed by the Germans for treason. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides without discrimination.

Image: 1914-1918 by Clapagaré on Flickr

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