Director , Daniel Ready has finalised his cast for the eagerly anticipated film on Wakefield Staff Nurse, Nellie Spindler, who was killed tendering injured soldiers at the battle of Passchendaele in 1917.
Nellie is the only woman among 10,000 men who were buried at CWGC Military Cemetery at Lijssenthoek – Her headstone bears the inscription:
"A NOBLE TYPE OF GOOD HEROIC WOMANHOOD"
Ready has chosen an all Yorkshire trio of actresses to play the three parts in the film. With an acting workshop held last week, the cast then made a surprise visit to Nellie's old school - now known as Pinders School and were given a warm welcome by staff and the school children, who sang a song in memory of Nelllie.
The cast then visited two of Nellie's remaining relatives, niece Margaret and great-granddaughter, Julie who have both agreed to share family mementos and early photos of Nellie for the film.
"Cast of the "Angel of Passchendaele"
Annie Alice Eves who is playing Nellie Spindler, the Nurse killed at Passchendaele in 1917.
Nancy Turner, who is playing Minnie Wood, The Sister in Charge of the Clearing Station where Nellie worked
Amy Brunskill who is playing Nellie's tent-mate and fellow nurse, who is effected by shell-shock.
The Premiere of the film will be part of an evening remembering Nellie's life with poems, songs and a second film about the battle itself and will be held at the Theatre Royal Wakefield on 3rd July.
For more details of the evening and tickets, please click on image above