The hospital endured around 8 deaths per week, however most of the other hospitals in Salonika were reporting huge causalities.In August the fighting began as the Serbian and French began pushing the Bulgarians back.Before the war there was no malaria in Salonika, the marshy areas up north had few travelers during that time and the mosquitoes where confined to the that area.War meant vast amounts of movement and malaria became endemic.In 1916 Evelyn as a nurse joins the Scottish Women’s Hospitals at Royaumont abbey, near Paris, France.War had broken the tranquil and peaceful ambiance of the 13th century cistercian abbey.
On arrival the staff found that the buildings were in a deplorable condition.
The work load for the hospital was just unbearable, with most of the staff dragging themselves from day to day.
During her time in Salonika Ruth also witnessed and assisted in saving of lives in what was know as the great fire of Thessaloniki in August of 1917 when nearly a third of the city went up in flames.
By dint of much hard work the hospital was eventually given it certificate by the Service de Sante of the French Red Cross.
Their work was unremitting, the winters bitter and I was left with unstinting admiration for this very gallant band of doctors, nurses, orderlies ambulance drivers, cooks, who gave so much to their patients throughout the war.