Telegram mobilising VAD 1914
This telegram, sent to Birchington late in the day on 14 October 1914, was the call to mobilise the local Voluntary Aid Detachments to set up their hospitals. In just a few hours detachments had to call in the promises of loans for furniture, bedding and equipment and set up their hospitals. There was considerable confusion. The train carrying the patients, eventually arrived several hours late, having travelled around much of Kent. Instead of 100 patients, 145 were disembarked from the train. All were Belgian soldiers. Eventually all were found a bed, although some were temproary - mattresses laid on the floor in the dining room of Quex House for example. This experience was repeated all over Kent and beyond as several thousand Belgian soldiers were evacuated from Ostend by the British Government. For Quex Park it was the start of four and a half years as a VAD Hospital. 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: 1914
© The Powell-Cotton Museum Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library
The Golliwoggs Bicycle Club - French Restaurant - Menu
French Restaurant - Menu confusion for Golliwogg. The book charts Golliwogg's adventures with his dutch peg doll friends Peggy, Weg, Meg, Sarah Jane and the dinky little Midget. This is the 2nd title in a 13-book series of Golliwogg books written by mother Bertha and illustrated by daughter Florence. The tale revolved around their travels around the globe on homemade bicycles (and the disasters that befall them!). These books gave the origination of the term golliwogg, now seen as highly un-PC and socially-unacceptable for reasons of supposed racial stereotyping and changing political attitudes, despite the innocent intent of the original creation, set in a time of wildly different social 'norms'. Date: 1896
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
On the cards 1918
Rationing was introduced into Britain at the end of World War One, February 1918. Conscience of the response to an effective U-boat campaign, to ensure that food shortages never occurred.
This illustration by Henry Mayo Bateman depicts the confusion about positions and weights of food "What is to happen when a bird is a couple of ounces under or over the coupons" "is the 2 oz to be cut off and wasted". Also households where putting their rations together to get a bigger meal.
© Estate of H M Bateman/ILN/Mary Evans Picture Library