These are stored at the Imperial War Museum and in June 2014 were published under the title "A Very Private Diary", a reference to one diary entry: "15 June 1944, Bognor Regis: Should have headed this "Somewhere in Southern England" but this is a very private diary.."
She left her home at age 18, after passing the examination to train at Guy’s Hospital in London as a nurse probationer. After training, she was transferred to Kent. Her diaries start here with the arrival of survivors from the Dunkirk evacuation, and subsequently, injured pilots from the Battle of Britain.
Here she also underwent training in fever nursing, a specialisation prior to antibiotics when whooping cough and diphtheria were fatal.
Working at the "home front" during The Blitz, Mary spent many nights moving very ill children and babies from their beds to safer underground shelters. Despite the wishes of her matron, Mary enlists with the Queen Alexandra"s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserves, known as the QAs.
lieutenant is with the QAs that she is dispatched to Normandy on a troopship on June 18, 12 days after Doctorate-Day. The field hospital follows the troops into Belgium, where she cares for survivors of the disastrous assault on Arnhem, and then later into Germany.