Artist: Gilbert Rogers 1881–1956
Rogers created one of the most striking images that portrayed the awful reality of that great conflict; The Dead Stretcher Bearer
These are the latest images of the near-completed project
"War in the Middle East. British capture Basra and mount an unsuccessful campaign toward Baghdad. Ottomans fail to capture Suez, but check the British advance in Palestine. Britain encourages Arab Revolt against the weakened Ottomans, then captures Baghdad, Jerusalem and, in 1918, Damascus. The dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the seeds of future conflicts."
Gilbert Rogers (1881–1956)
A British Red Cross Society and Order of St John of Jerusalem Officer in Mesopotamia
"The Order of St. John and the British Red Cross Society first came together in the 1914-1918 War, to provide help to the Armed Forces Medical Services. Their work ranged from setting up temporary hospitals to answering enquiries about prisoners of war. Members also joined Voluntary Aid Detachments as nurses."
A woman of private means, Miss Hope-Clarke set up the Silver Thimble Fund
after her own silver thimble wore out while making clothes for troops in the
trenches. It occurred to her that many others, too might have spare or worn thimbles - and other items made from precious materials (tributes) - in their sewing baskets that could be recycled for cash. This modest, yet inspired idea mushroomed into an extraordinary fund-raising campaign that had a huge and direct impact on the supply of medical and ambulance equipment across all fronts during the Great War - and thereafter.
Subsequently, 160 collection centres across the World were established and around £60,000 was collected to buy 5 Launches for Mesopotamia (operated by the British Red Cross Society and Order of St John of Jerusalem), 15 motor Ambulances, Mobile X-Ray Units, a mobile Dental Surgery as well as making donations to specific War Charities. Beds were also sponsored in hospitals to alleviate suffering of war casualties.