The first four New Zealand nurses (Gertrude Littlecott, Emily Peter, Grace Webster and Annie Hiatt) are shown here outside a tent at No. 4 General Hospital of the Mooi River Camp in Natal. Like the troopers, prospective nurses had volunteered immediately, but there was little official support for them. These four, all from Christchurch Public Hospital, had their passages paid by the British government. Another seven who came from Otago and Southland were supported by public fund-raising. There were no more official groups, and the other New Zealand nurses who served travelled to London or South Africa as individuals and volunteered there. A total of about 35 New Zealand women served as nurses in the South African War.
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