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Belgian soldiers larks at Quex Park
Seven men are larking about with a large bath chair or basket. One man is underneath it, two others are sitting on top or behind it, others are standing around. They are all very amused. The photograph is taken in the grounds at Quex Park; there is some melting snow on the grass. The man beneath the basket is Sgt Emile Verheyen from Ghent, a patient between 14 November 1914 and 29 March 1915. He was married to a Belgian girl in Ramsgate in 1916. The man on top of the basket is Artieme Mettrie from Antwerp, a patient between 14 November 1914 and 13 May 1915. He had had a finger amuputated but leter returned to active service in Belgium. 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. Date: 1915
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