The King’s Shilling
The King’s Shilling is a project made in response to the archive of WW1 VAD Nurse Clarice Alberta Spratling. It takes its starting point from an entry in her diary;
‘We had not to wait long. By return of post the answer came. Would we send on our certificates, as Mrs Vaughan Johnson would have to see them before sending to headquarters saying we were fit for “nursing wounded!” This we did! As quickly as possible. A few days later we heard we had been accepted would we send the sum of 1/- to the Commandant for our badges and any little expenses during our correspondence. ‘
At a time when men were ‘taking the King’s shilling’ it would seem that women had to pay a shilling to nurse them. A vicious circle of give and take.