Nurse's book opens a window on the past

Staff at Stepping Hill Hospital turned detective to find the family of a nurse who captured a fascinating insight into life on the wards a century ago.

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Nurse's book showing life on the wards during WW1

A book of sketches and poems collected by a nurse at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital provides a fascinating insight into life on the wards caring for injured soldiers.

Mary Hicks started an autograph book in 1906 but it was soon filled by messages from soldiers right across the country who'd been sent there from the front line.

The hospital tracked down Mary's granddaughter in Poynton in Cheshire after her book was discovered in a second hand bookshop in Cornwall.

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