Women at War in the Balkans
In April 1915 Dr. Elsie Inglis arrived in Serbia with her nurse corps, but they were captured near Vrnjatchka Banja by Austrian troops in November 1915. Most of her unit was detained until February 1916, although they were still allowed to practice their medical profession.... On their release, Dr. Inglis did not give up helping the Serbs and so decided to to follow the Serbian Volunteer Divisions, of which the 1st Serbian Volunteer Division had been ordered to the front in Dobruja (South-Eastern Romania) by the Russian War Minister, Alexeiev. Dr. Elsie Inglis had also been solicited by the Serbian Prime-Minister Nicola Paic to help the Serbs in the Russian Army.
Women at War in Romania
The London nurse corps of Dr. Elsie Inglis (which she led as Chief Medical Officer) was to leave for Romania in order to join the Serbian Volunteers Divisions.The nurses had to travel via the Archangelsk-Odessa route because the Dardanelles were closed for Entente ships, so the only available route to Romania was by train from Northern Russia.On the 24th of September they left Odessa for the town of Medgidia, where the Russian headquarters were in the Dobruja region of Romania.They finally arrived in Medgidia on the 30th of September in the evening (at 11:00 p.m.), where Dr. Elsie Inglis was given a barrack to turn into a campaign hospital, while 12 members of the nurse corps plus the transport sub-unit, were sent to Bülbül Mic (Ciocârlia de Jos, Constanta County) under Dr. Chesney to establish another hospital closer to the front.