Eva Dobell (1867–1963) was a British poet, nurse, and editor, best known for her poems on the effects of World War I and her regional poems.
The daughter of a wine merchant and local historian from Cheltenham, and the niece of the Victorian poet Sydney Dobell, she composed one volume of poetry before volunteering as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse in World War I, during which she also took part in the morale-boosting work of writing to prisoners of war.
While she was also known in her time as a regional poet (one of her Gloucestershire poems was recently set to music), Dobell is best-known today for her occasional poems from the war period, which all describe wounded soldiers, their experiences, and their bleak prospects. A few of these poems are widely dispersed on the internet, and these continue to receive some scholarly acknowledgment. "Night Duty," for instance, is cited as one of many poems by female war-poets and nurses that provide access to an experience rarely shared by male poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Perhaps the most frequently reproduced is "Pluck," especially on sites dedicated to the Great War.