The discovery of a book belonging to a nurse who worked at Stockport’s Stepping Hill Hospital during the First World War has provided an artistic glimpse into the lives of both soldiers and nurses at the time.
By the time the First World War began, life in Ireland had become a big struggle for the family, with his father having contracted tuberculosis, and his health rapidly declining. Sadly, he died in 1919 aged only 48 years of age.
World War one brought a flood of minorities from all over the world to Britain for employment opportunities or through involvement with the Allied Forces.
Christened Joannes Francois Vermeulen and born on 13thJune 1892, JF Vermeulen was one of nine children, having 2 brothers and 6 sisters.