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Nurse Colhoun & The Bombing of Vertekop, 1917

It was not the first time the German bombers had struck. The previous summer, when the nurses first arrived at Vertekop, there had been three air raids. This was one was so much worse. Seventeen bombs fell on the Red Cross hospital that morning. When the dust settled, two nurses and four orderlies lay dead. For Nurse Annie Rebecca Colhoun, Macedonia had been an extraordinary contrast to her Irish childhood.