Pte BERTIE HIBBETT never forgot the Red Cross Nurses at the Cenacle.
WHERE ONCE THE NUNS PACED TO & FRO NOW WOUNDED SOLDIERS COME AND GO.
The Cenacle, New Brighton was a Convent given to the Red Cross by the Catholic Church – for wounded soldiers from the Somme.
Pte Bertie drew little sketches with his left hand of this peaceful place, as slowly but surely the kind & dedicated Nurses helped save his right arm. He had been there since 9th July 1916. Now it was time for him to go.
RED CROSS NURSES: G. Cockeram; B. Kinsman; M. Puddicombe; L. Langdon; G. Wilkinson; G. Leatham; W. Hay; F Cook; A. Mackenzie; Doris Langdon; B. M. Eastwood; K Hay.
We will remember them with their little Autographed Pigs – drawn blindfold in his Autograph Album.
As a small child, I remember my Dad bringing out his Autograph Album on important anniversaries such as 1st July, Battle of the Somme and Armistice Day. I remember looking at these funny little pigs. Later I too had some fun drawing one blindfold in my Dad’s precious book. I can hear him chuckling at my poor effort. His pigs were drawn so well one can hardly see where he began & finished –
whereas mine . . .
NEXT POST: 20th June 1917. We only have four empty beds now – some are Canadians.