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Stretcher bearers waiting for ambulance train arrival
A group of civilians are standing by parked ambulance vehicles inside a station building at Ramsgate Town Station. On the ground nearby are several stretchers. These are men of the local VAD Transport Group. The man standing by himself alongside the stretchers is Major PHG Powell-Cotton of Quex Park. 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. The men are waiting for the arrival of an ambulance training bringing more military patients for the local VAD Hospitals. This photograph is in the archive collection related to the Quex Park 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. Date: 1916
© The Powell-Cotton Museum Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library
Queen Ena of Spain as a nurse
Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain, formerly Princess Ena of Battenberg (1887-1969), second child and only daughter of Princess Beatrice and Prince Henry of Battenberg pictured in Red Cross uniform in about 1916. Ena's reforming activities were looked upon with suspicion in Spain where it was considered shameful for a woman other than a nun to go near a sick man; the country had no trained nurses at all. Ena began by organising lotteries to raise money to build hospitals and establish nursing training. In 1916 she founded the Spanish Red Cross under her personal direction. She was also president of the anti-Tuberculosis League.
© Charlotte Zeepvat/ILN/Mary Evans Picture Library