4th AUG. 1916: ‘WHERE ONCE THE NUNS PACED TO & FRO NOW WOUNDED SOLDIERS COME & GO’.

THE CENACLE RED CROSS HOSPITAL, NEW BRIGHTON: Pte BERTIE HIBBETT, MATRON, NURSES & WOUNDED PALS. 1916 -1917.

a.H.H.
The Cenacle Garden. Pen & Ink Drawing. A.H.Hibbet. Oct 1916.
Bertie
Pte Bertie Hibbett in mufti  & holding a cigarette on New Brighton beach July 1916.  He appears to have a plaster on his neck under his right ear covering a wound received when running out of the trenches.1.7.1916.

Pte BERTIE HIBBETT’S eldest brother, Harold, took most of these photographs during visits to The Cenacle between July 1916 -1917. As a Chemist he would have developed & also printed them.

As well as drawing the house & grounds, Pte Bertie Hibbett tried his hand at a poem dedicated to The Cenacle.

Where once the Nuns paced to and fro’, Now Wounded Soldiers come and go, They liken the Cenacle to a herbal cure For the Matron and Nurses are so good and pure.

Oh! to sleep in a cosy bed On pillow soft to rest my head And have my sore wounds dressed by a kind nurse, Whose virtue is mercy and nothing worse.’ Oct 1916.

Matron & Nurses, Front door The Cenacle, Red Cross Hospital, New Brighton.
Matron & Nurses. Front door, The Cenacle, Red Cross Hospital, New Brighton.
Matron
Matron Gertrude Bellow.

Matron's-Signature-The-Cenacle

3 Nurses.
The Cenacle. Sister F.M.Clive with Red Cross Nurses G. Wilkinson & D. Puddicombe.
J. Turnbull, x x Bertie Hibbett, ?
Patient Heads at the The Cenacle Entrance: H. Turnbull, Beck, (Unknown but in photo 30th July post) , Bertie Hibbett & Bostock Byrd.
2 Nurses.
The Cenacle Red Cross Nurses: Sonia  Langdon & Kathleen Hay. April 12th 1917. 

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ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB
ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB

It is clear from these photographs of smiling faces that the Matron Sisters & Red Cross Nurses at the Cenacle were indeed kindness itself.  I hope that readers researching their Mothers, Grandmothers & Aunts who were Red Cross Nurses in WW1 may find their relatives & their signatures here.

Patients appear to have been allowed to wear mufti when they had visitors. See photo below (most probably taken at the same time as the one of my father above with his arm in a sling). N.B. I think the names given refer to the Red Cross Nurses, N. Cockeram and N. Higson. A note under the photo states the man on the left was an Irishman – in which case he could be Pte Kelly, S. Irish Horse, who sang & played a Song entitled ‘Goo Goo Eyes!‘ at a Cenacle Concert. Oct. 1916. 

Cenacle-with-nurses-July-1916.

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