During World War I the Sisters of Mercy cared for both the injured soldiers, and those left behind.
Sisters of Mercy in Great Britain noted in their annals the fear and disruption zeppelin raids had on their students in school. School registers of the sisters in Great Britain also noted the growth of separated families. The sisters took care of many dependents of men serving, and had to collect separation allowances from the government. Both the Sisters of Mercy in Great Britain and in Ireland also opened their homes to Belgian refugees, fleeing their war-torn country. Meanwhile, the Sisters of Mercy in the United States opened boarding homes for women moving into cities to work in factories.
Click on the images below to view historical records of the Sisters of Mercy during World War I: