The story of this story is almost as remarkable as the story within the pages of this book. Someone found pages of an old diary blowing in the wind, grabbed them and realised that what was on those pages would be of interest to many. That ‘someone’ was journalist, presenter and film-maker Chris Morris, then of BBC Radio Wales. He says this of it on his CV:
Fragments In Time (BBC Radio 4 – 1x30mins)
A personal journey discovering the extraordinary story behind a few fragments of diary I found scattered in a hedge.
Elsie Gladman trained as a nurse in London in the 1930’s, a career choice that was to take her to Paris and then south to the Riviera.
At the outbreak of World War II, she and her colleagues returned to England but, restless, Elsie returned to France – to sunny Bank Hospital in Cannes, where, for the next four years she was to experience life under the German and Italian occupation.
After the war ended, Elsie Gladman accepted the post of Matron at the British American Hospital in Nice where she worked for seventeen years until her retirement in 1968. During her service to the medical profession, her many patients included a cross-section of the rich and famous from around the world.
For her services to nursing, Elsie Gladman became an MBE in 1965. A fitting tribute to a dedicated nursing career.