World War I and Women's Work

Images of Nurses

Alice F. Milne Nursing Collection / MS 340                                  Donated by Heather and Karen Southwick

Alice Milne (b. 1890) was a practicing nurse in Scotland, England, Canada, and the United States from 1912-1924. During World War I, she served in the British Army’s Territorial Force Nursing Service, assigned to a hospital in Scotland. In her notebooks, Milne collected quotes and sketches from her acquaintances, in this case wounded soldiers. The number and nature of entries suggest she was held in high regard.  In the illustration at left, Alice is referred to as "Our V.A.D", or voluntary aid detachment. 

Alice Milne was the mother-in-law of Professor Charles Southwick (1928-2015), who joined CU’s Environmental, Pollution, and Organismic (EPO) Biology Department in 1979.