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August 1914:  Two British women race to help the war-effort in Belgium. Elsie Knocker is a dare-devil motorcycling mother with a roving eye, and Mairi Chisholm is a young idealist.

Within weeks, the two of them have become firm friends and have radically set up an emergency medical shelter only 50 yards from the Western Front at Ypres.  Mostly, they treat wounded and dying soldiers: very occasionally there are happier times: parties, trips and letters. And falling in love.

Devastation is all around – Mairi and Elsie are constantly at risk from shelling, machine-gun fire, disease, gas – but the women react to these horrors in very different ways.  Their compassionate nursing and extraordinary bravery saves thousands of lives however, as the war rages on, secrets and lies threaten to pull them apart and destroy their own.

Based on a true story, ‘The War Nurses’ explores the complicated relationship between Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, two of the most decorated and photographed women of their time.