Caroline Roaf – Trenches and Destruction: Pleasance Walker’s Letters from the Front 1915-1919 (Talk Tickets)
Trenches and Destruction: Pleasance Walker’s Letters from the Front 1915-1919
Wednesday 8th May 2019. 7.00pm – 8.30pm.
Doors open 6.45pm.
Who was Pleasance Walker? A trunk full of her letters was uncovered in a north Oxford attic sale in 1970s, disappeared, but were then rediscovered by Caroline Roaf.
Today, the correspondence to her mother and father from a young volunteer thrown into the maelstrom of nursing wounded and dying soldiers and dealing with war-torn civilian victims reveals a women of natural vitality, remarkable resilience, and compassion. It is a world away from her genteel life in leafy north Oxford to which she often alludes… With an innocent-like candour and sometimes surprising humour Pleasance’s takes-life-as-she-finds-it outlook will strike a chord both in the centenary commemoration of the First World War and, as an independently-minded woman, in the centenary commemoration of the Suffragette Movement and the vote for women.