All Guts, No Glory Book Launch

Friday 20 November 2015

Last Week Richmond Library hosted the launch of new local history book All Guts No Glory: Nelson Tasman Nurses and Chaplains of World War One. This book is the culmination of the NZ Society of Genealogists Nelson Branch project to mark the Centennial of World War I. It was compiled by Cheryl Carnahan and researched by members of the Society and Nelson College for Girls student Alice Trengrove.

All Guts No Glory was well received with over 50 attending the launch, including two granddaughters of Marietta nee van Aerde “the Angel of Antwerp”. Marietta was a Belgium Red Cross nurse who was awarded two medals for bravery. These medals were proudly worn to the launch by her descendants.  Her bravery and war time experiences are amongst those detailed in the book.

Earlier this year the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Nelson Branch won the Heritage and Environment category at the Trustpower Community Awards for their work researching the nurses and chaplains who appear in this book.  As well as telling the individual stories of these unsung local heroes, All Guts, No Glory gives an impression of the difficult and dangerous conditions they worked in, what life was like on hospital ships, and for chaplains in the trenches.

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