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VAD Hospital stores, Quex House Featured Print

VAD Hospital stores, Quex House

The Billiard Room of Quex House was used as the Hospital Stores during the War. Two VAD nurses are seated either side of a table. One is sewing, the other is writing. The Billiard Table can be seen in the foreground, also part of the light fitting hanging above it. Boxes piled up on the right include one with the instruction Do not drop or contents will be broken'. The side of another box is being used as a noticeboard. By the window can be seen an army pack with a label. Patients handed in all their kit on admission, except their regimental cap and personal items they needed. The uniform was cleaned and repaired and returned on the patient's discharge. Patients were issued with hospital blues a uniform of blue serge jacket and trousers, white shirt and red tie. There was a lot of paperwork in a VAD hospital - returns, reports, records, orders, payments were all required. The bureaucracy increased after 1917 when food rationing came in. The Quex Park VAD Hospital opened on 15 October 1914 and closed on 31 January 1919. The hospital was run by Kent/178, the Birchington Detachment. The Commandant was Hannah Powell-Cotton (1881-1964), wife of Major Percy HG Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) of Quex Park, founder of the Powell-Cotton Museum. Major Powell-Cotton was the VAD Transport Officer for the Isle of Thanet area, responsible for organising the transport of patients from the stations to the local hospitals. Date: circa 1916

© The Powell-Cotton Museum Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library

The Little Theatre as a soldiers clubhouse, WW1 Featured Print

The Little Theatre as a soldiers clubhouse, WW1

A page from The Sphere, reporting on how the Little Theatre, in the Haymarket, London (now the Theatre Royal, Haymarket) temporarily converted to become a soldiers clubhouse during the First World War. Camp beds were arranged in the stalls, military ballads were performed between 5 and 7:30 each evening, a billiard room was below stage and Y.M.C.A. volunteers provided meals for visitors at a special cheap rate. The final picture shows the theatre foyer with soldiers buying things like postcards from the sundries stall. Date: 1916

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

India - Deolali - British Garrison Featured Print

India - Deolali - British Garrison

British Garrison at Deolali, in Nashik District in the state of Maharashtra, India - British soldiers and Officers outside the Billiard Room. The name of the town is the source of the British slang noun "doolally tap", loosely meaning "camp fever", referring to the apparent madness of men waiting for ships back to Britain. By the 1940s this had been shortened to "doolally". Date: circa 1910s

© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection