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The Badassary of Dorothy Lawrence

The Badassary of Dorothy Lawrence

By Gilles Messier

In the summer of 1915, a lone British soldier cycled down a country road outside the French town of Albert. He was in fact one Dorothy Lawrence, an English journalist who risked everything to report on the horrors of the trenches first-hand. Thus disguised, Lawrence left Paris in mid-August 1915 and made once more for the front. Sergeant Dunn found Lawrence an abandoned cottage on the outskirts of town and regularly brought her food and other provisions. This was published in 1919 as Sapper Dorothy Lawrence, the Only English Woman Soldier.