Ambulances arriving at Quex Park VAD Hospital
Major Powell-Cotton is supervising the removal of a stretcher from an ambulance at the front of Quex House. The stretcher is being carried by two VAD Hospital patients wearing the patients' uniform of 'hospital blues' - blue serge jacket and trousers, white shirt and red tie. Other patients can be seen on stretchers inside the open ambulance. A VAD nurse is looking into the ambulance and another man is standing alongside. The Quex Park ambulances were nuimbered 'Q1' and 'Q2'. They were converted from two of Major Powell-Cotton's cars - a Delauney Bellville and a Renault, in September 1914 and were used as ambulances throughout the War. 'Q1', being unloaded here had the registration number of 'D.3439'. 'Q2' had the registration 'D.5017'. 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: 1918
© The Powell-Cotton Museum Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library
Boys' Playground, Lambeth Schools, West Norwood, London
View of the Boys' Playground at the Lambeth Schools for workhouse children on Elder Road, West Norwood, South London. It is evidently playtime -- a few teachers supervise the large crowd of boys. A young Charlie Chaplin was briefly a resident of the Schools in 1898.
© Mary Evans / Peter Higginbotham Collection
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