Margaret Box, nursing in Salonica and Serbia

Margaret Ada Box (1890-1986), my Great Aunt, daughter of John Box, volunteered as a Civilian Red Cross Nurse in 1918, with the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. She has a record at Forces War Records (which needs Full Access Membership to see it),  which shows that her Department was “Scot. Women”, her Rank was “N.S.” (whatever that is), her Service Number was “cert no. 17847 passport no. 202114”, her Duty Location was “Salonica“.
If that was all I had to go on, this would be a very short topic, however Great Aunt Margaret wrote a number of letters home, and collected some mementos, which I will scan and post, updating this post as I do so. She travelled to places most British women of her era would not see, and met interesting people.
The letters to her were sent in envelopes made from newspapers by disabled soldiers.

Letters, diaries (2) and notebook, with Serbian phrases.


The Long, Long Trail website has a military overview of the Salonika Campaign – a little known part of the First World War. The Salonika Campaign Society website covers the campaign in more detail,  even having a section on Medical Services. The British Army was in Greece as allies of Serbia (which had been invaded by Austria Hungary in 1915 , and as allies of the Greek Provisional Government of National Defence – a breakaway Greek Government,  opposed to the neutral position of the Greek King Constantine I.
The Battle of Dobro Pole between 15th and 18th September was a major breakthrough in the Macedonian Front, leading to the Liberation of Serbia by the Allied forces. They pushed up through Serbia, establishing a hospitals at Bralos and Skopje, where Margaret Box worked before moving on to the hospital at Sarajevo.

Timeline of Margaret Box Journey to the Hospital Unit in Serbia, and return

Margaret, Norah, Mary,Rosina


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