Anzac Girl: The War Diaries of Alice Ross-King

Kate Simpson, Jess Racklyeft

Anzac Girl: The War Diaries of Alice Ross-King
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Anzac Girl: The War Diaries of Alice Ross-King

Kate Simpson, Jess Racklyeft

It was 1914 when Sister Alice Ross-King left Australia for the war. Nursing was her passion - all she had ever wanted to do. But Alice couldn’t have imagined what she would see. She served four long years and was brave, humble and endlessly compassionate.     

Using extracts from Alice’s actual diaries kept in the Australian War Memorial, this true story captures the danger, the heartache and the history of the young nurse who would one day become the most decorated woman in Australia.


World War I seemed a noble, almost thrilling, prospect for many who went to fight or assist, but the horror was more than anyone could imagine and surviving proved an almost impossible feat. As a nurse, Alice feels honour-bound to help. Her diaries tell of the devastation of the war and of her own pain when her sweetheart is killed.

Kate Simpson is the great-granddaughter of Alice, whose diaries and letters form the narrative for this incredibly moving book. Gentle and poignant illustrations, along with maps and photos, complete a depiction of the life of a brave woman and an episode in war that became known as the Battle of Fromelles. This is an outstanding picture book for ages 7+.

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