Eva Dobell was born in Gloucestershire, the daughter of a wine merchant and niece of the Victorian poet Sydney Dobell. She joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment as a nurse in the First World War and it is for the poems she wrote based on that experience that she is best known today. Her poems describe wounded soldiers, their experiences and their bleak prospects.

‘Night Duty’, for instance, is cited as one of many poems by female war-poets and nurses that provide access to an experience rarely shared by male poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

Cummings, Randy (1995). “Female Poets of the First World War: A Study in the Diversity for the Fifth Grade Social Studies Curriculum”. Poetry In and Out of the Classroom: Essays from the ACLS Elementary and Secondary Schools Teacher Curriculum Development Project. American Council of Learned Societies: Occasional Paper No. 29.

Eva Dobell’s Poems