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In her early years and as early as her third year, Ailsa had crossed the Atlantic from USA to UK and back.In 1911, Ailsa is listed on the Anchor Line “Caledonia”.In 1901 she was living with her mother in St Mary in the Castle, Sussex. In May of 1917 she joined the Scottish women’s Hospitals and headed to Salonika.
1922 records show Ailsa departing Southampton on “Canopic” en route to visit an aunt in Newark, New Jersey.
The winters in Salonika were freezing and it was common for the nurses to wake up in their tents with their hair stuck to the pillows, a contrast to the summers.
Perhaps the most challenging time at Salonika was in the summer of 1916.
They were dirty; there was a shortage of practically every amenity that they would need to run an efficient unit.
There were no lifts; water had to be carried to where it was needed.