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War Nurse: The Diary of Kitty Langley is the thirty-first book in the My Story series. It is the seventeenth book to feature a female protagonist. The book was written by Sue Reid and was followed by U-Boat Hunter. War Nurse was first published in July 2005 and republished in March 2009 with new cover art.


"For Andrea"

Book description[]

"Wednesday 21 February, 1940
For a moment I stood there, swaying. I felt sick. I didn't feel as if I was in a hospital at all. The sight before me–it was what I imagined a field hospital at the Front to be like–except here we weren't being shot at. Then Nurse Jackson saw me. A ship had been blown up by a floating mine in the Channel, she told me quickly. What was I to do? I thought in a panic. I tried to concentrate on what Nurse Jackson was telling me...

"When war breaks out in 1939 Kitty signs up to be a Red Cross nurse in a military hospital. And it's not long before she's treating badly wounded causalities from the war now raging across Europe. Then the hospital takes a direct hit and Kitty finds herself a reluctant heroine..."


Historical Note[]


Main article: List of War Nurse characters


Main article: Sue Reid

Sue Reid is an author whom writes children's and young adult novels. Her work is usually in the historical fiction drama. War Nurse is her second book for My Story. Reid authored five other books in the series, including Mill Girl, Pompeii, The Fall of the Blade, Give Us the Vote!, and Lady Jane Grey. For War Nurse, she interviewed several women whom had been Red Cross nurses during World War II. After the book's publication, Reid read it at an event commemorating the end of the war. The radio programme Go4It also had a feature on War Nurse, which interviewed Reid and her friends, Madge "Dobbie" Dobinson and Jerry Crewe, whom were nurses she had met while researching.[2]




"A number of people and organizations have helped me with my research for this book. In particular I'd like to thank: the staff and volunteers of the British Red Cross Society and the Museum and Archive, Tate Greenhalgh (Thackray Museum), the Imperial War Museum Sound and Document archives, Kate Mason (Royal College of Nursing Archives), Tom Snowball, Captain Starling (AMS Museum).
My thanks also go to Jill Sawyer and Lisa Edwards at Scholastic for all their help and fine editing.
And to Jerry Crewe, Sheila Reid, Angela Sinclair, and especially Madge Dobinson (Dobbie)—serving VADS in WWII—my most grateful thanks for sharing their knowledge and so many memories with me.


  • The portrait on the cover of the first edition was licensed from Topham Picturepoint and the background from the British Red Cross Society Museum and Archives.[8]
  • The cover of the second edition and the anthology War Stories for Girls were illustrated by Richard Jones.


See also[]

My Story

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

1st relaunch

Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

Codename Céline

3rd relaunch

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!

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