Women Surgeons of World War 1 flipbook. Focusing on four women
surgeons who made their way to war. Agnes Bennett and Lilian Cooper
worked for the Scottish Women's Hospitals near the Serbian front.
Conditions were incredibly harsh but both women acquitted
themselves well. They returned to successful careers in New Zealand
and Australia respectively.
Lilian Cooper was also our first female FRACS. Feminist Phoebe
Chapple went to France in 1917 and while attached to the Queen
Mary's Auxiliary Army Corps, was one of a handful of women to win
the Military Medal. Vera Scantlebury was 28 when she arrived at the
Endell St Military Hospital in London. Her diaries (held by the
University of Melbourne Archives) record the evolution of a young
and inexperienced doctor to a competent surgeon. Vera Scantlebury
(Brown) was later fêted for her pioneering work in infant