Princess Alice and Victoria of Hesse
Princess Alice (1843-1878), second daughter and third child of Queen Victoria, pictured in Scotland with her eldest child, Princess Victoria of Hesse. Alice, who lived in the German Duchy of Hesse with her husband Grand Duke Louis, went home to give birth to her first child. Victoria, the grandmother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born on 5th April 1863 with Queen Victoria on hand to give comfort and reassurance.
© Charlotte Zeepvat/ILN/Mary Evans Picture Library
Portrait of Ethel Le Neve
Ethel Le Neve, Dr Crippen's mistress. Dr Crippen, an American citizen, lived at 39 Hilldrop Cresent, Camden, London. He was accused of murdering his wife when she disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Crippen had told friends that his wife, Belle Elmore had died due to illness, but when first questioned by police he told them she had eloped with a lover. The police returned to Hilldrop Cresent to question Crippen a second time only to discover that he and his mistress, Miss Le Neve had disappeared. Detectives searched around the house and uncovered a headless body in the cellar. A warrant was released for Dr Crippen's arrest. The captain of the ship, the 'Montrose', on which Crippen was travelling in disguise, suspected him and his fellow passenger, Le Neve (dressed as a boy). The captain sent a wireless message to Scotland Yard, telling of his suspicions. The ship was greeted by the police and Dr Crippen and Miss Le Neve were arrested. Crippen was tried for murder and sentenced to death, whilst Miss Le Neve was acquitted and moved to America under a different name.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Studio photograph of Jules Deruwez
Studio photograph of a Belgian soldier patient in civilian clothes. On the reverse is written in pencil in the hand of Major Powell-Cotton 'Jules Deruwez 8.2.15'. Jules Deruwez was a patient of the Birchington VAD at Quex Park. He was one of the first group of patients admitted at Quex Park by the Birchington VAD on 14 November 1914. He remained until 3 February 1915. He had a broken arm. He lived in Houdeng-Aimeries in Belgium. He was in the 23e de Ligne regiment and was 25 years old. 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
© The Powell-Cotton Museum Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library