Three men standing by wooden escape ladder at Quex
Three men are standing by an extendable wooden ladder. Two of the men are wearing the patients' uniform of 'hospital blues' but the trousers only. The uniform of jacket and trousers was made of blue serge. The man in the centre is in civilian clothes and may have been employed at Quex Park. The ladder was a fire escape ladder, capable of extending to the top floor of the house. Major Powell-Cotton was very concerned about the risk of fire to the house and his collections. He had enlarged the garden pond to act as a water reservoir and installed piping in the house to feed hose reels on each floor of the house. 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
Senior NCO, most probably a CSM or SNCO Acting Officer
A portrait of a senior NCO, most probably a CSM (Feldwebel) or SNCO Acting Officer (not commissioned), known as an Offizierstellvertreter, in the 'walking out dress' of Infantry Leib Regiment 'Groߨerzogin' Nr 117 based in Mainz (part of the , 25th Groߨerzoglich Hessische Division with its HQ in Darmstadt). The peaked cap with red band, the 'split' coloured high collar with white/silver trim and red with the jacket piping in red also is typical attire for an Infantry SNCO/junior (non-commissioned) officer at that time. As a Leib Regiment, it owed personal loyalty to the Hessian Duchy family. Not surprisingly, therefore, the 'A' on the epaulette signifies Groߨrezogin Alice von Hesse who was the Regiment's equivalent to the titular Royal / Ducal Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment. . Anna Hillermann, (German) B.1875.
© David Cohen Fine Art/Mary Evans Picture Library
Blitz in London -- emergency water mains for firefighting
Blitz in London -- frequently water mains were damaged or destroyed by enemy bombing. Emergency water mains were laid, over ground, to which fire hoses could be connected. Here regular London firefighters and a senior fire officer are inspecting hose lines connected to a length of emergency main laid in a London dock. Note the pressure gauge fitted to the temporary main.
© London Fire Brigade / Mary Evans Picture Library