Untitled‎ > ‎Untitled‎ > ‎

World War One Red Cross evacuation boat

http://artuk.org/discover/artworks/a-british-red-cross-society-and-order-of-st-john-of-jerusalem-hospital-ship-and-barges-on-the-tigris-6694


'A British Red Cross Society and Order of St John of Jerusalem Hospital Ship and Barges on the Tigris'


Artist: Gilbert Rogers 1881–1956

https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3807174


A Liverpool-born portraitist before the Great War, Gilbert Rogers enlisted as a stretcher bearer in the RAMC and served extensively on The Western Front and elswhere.
Rogers created one of the most striking images that portrayed the awful reality of that great conflict; The Dead Stretcher Bearer



The next vessel to join the Historical Maritime Society's fleet will be a Great War British Red Cross Society and Order of St John of Jerusalem evacuation boat, serving in Mesopotamia circa 1917, an often overlooked theatre of the First World War. Often called Silver Thimble, after the charity that bought them, these boats were bought in the UK and shipped to Mesopotamia for local use.  Operations there reflect our interest in lesser known exploits that are largely forgotten today. We believe that this powered craft will be a fine addition to our Georgian and Second World War Naval Craft collection.


If you are interested in working with HMS - and in this craft in particular, 







These are the latest images of the near-completed project







 












Context

"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."



http://artuk.org/discover/artworks/a-british-red-cross-society-and-order-of-st-john-of-jerusalem-officer-in-mesopotamia-6715/search/actor:rogers-gilbert-18811956/page/1/view_as/grid
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."
source: 










http://cis.photoarchive.merton.gov.uk/entity/201740-hope-elizabeth-hope-clarke

Hope Elizabeth Hope-Clarke CBE
1870 (Calcutta) - 1950 (Wimbledon)

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.
Having published a letter in the Times (July 8th 1915) asking for donations of silver thimbles, Miss Hope-Clarke was inundated and decided to set up the Silver Thimble Fund with the  patronage of Queen Alexandra and under the Presidency of Lady Maud Wilbraham to provide extra humanitarian resources for British and Commonwealth troops. All this she administered from her private home in Crescent Road, Wimbledon, London SW19.




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.

The first two motor ambulances named Wimbledon and Merton in honour of the areas of London where the charity was based.


http://cis.photoarchive.merton.gov.uk/archive/merton-archives/museum-of-wimbledon/628138


ą
jerry lloyd,
5 Jan 2015, 12:31
ą
jerry lloyd,
5 Jan 2015, 12:30
ą
jerry lloyd,
5 Jan 2015, 12:30
ą
jerry lloyd,
5 Jan 2015, 12:29
ą
jerry lloyd,
5 Jan 2015, 12:29
Comments