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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Glory Hancock, 1918

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Object ID: WV0181.4.011

Description: Glory Hancock has moved into a formerly German-occupied hospital. She describes seeing corpses, skeletons, guns, and vehicles left on the battlefield.

Creator: Glory Hancock

Biographical Info: Glory Hancock, a nurse during WWI, worked in a hospital in Belgium from July 1918 to February 1919.

Collection: Glory Hancock Letters

Rights: It is responsibility of the user to follow the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Materials are not to be reproduced in published works without written consent, and any use should credit Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Full Text: Bruges Oct 26.

Dearests - We are so far settled in this lovely Couseur that the German army left 8 days ago they have used it for a hospital then of course they took everything worth taking with them but "sans fai pas".

Theres [sic] steam heat & gas & Bella is [illegible] on the register and I'm in a 7th heaven of delight. It was pitiful coming all through the trenches - such wasted country. all the trees skeletons, corpses & overturned guns & motors every where & miles & miles of inundated country with narrow duck boards to walk on 1/2 foot to right or left, & you'd drown for certain. The roads on the German side are lots better than ours & Bruges is so gay. Flags fly if people [illegible] after missing one [illegible] everything [illegible] butter 50 marks a kilo (We still use German money) The Queen came on yesterday on horseback all in white of all things and all the children and pigeons in Bruges seemed to be clustered around their feet. It was a lovely sight.

More later. Write when you can.

Glory