Beatrice Fraser's World War I Letters & Memorabilia, from French hospitals. As VAD, or Voluntary Aid Detachment, Beatrice Fraser was one of thousands of women who risked life and limb during WWI. Compiled by Fiona Polak, Beatrice's granddaughter, and accepted into the Imperial War Museum's library collection, Crimson Roses is a vivid recollection of Beatrice's experiences during a most Unholy War.
Polak, as compiler-author, has beautifully arranged this literary treasure.
She starts off by introducing Beatrice Fraser's full life, briefly, which was revealed to her upon receipt of her letters and memorabilia.
Then she sets the scene by taking the reader back to the world of the VAD and the horror that was World War I, in Europe, and France, specifically, where Beatrice was stationed, and from where she wrote her letters. Bringing in other voices, such as other VADs, journalists, historians, writing from experience of the war, and during later decades. These voices, like a symphony orchestra, build a slow crescendo, in anticipation of the soprano's solo part.
Beatrice Fraser's original letters, plus a full transcript of each, represent this authentic solo, which makes Crimson Roses a must-read for all who commemorate the War, historians, genealogists, and readers who love to read actual, first-person accounts, from a healing voice, of one of History's darkest moments ...
The compiler-author then brings the reader to the end of the book, by introducing letters of gratitude, an autograph book, sketches and post cards, and other memorabilia of Beatrice Fraser, her husband, William Keir, and service records of other family members during WWI and II.
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