12th &13th APRIL: RED CROSS NURSES – WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Pte Bertie Hibbett. The Cenacle. April 1917. Photo Harold Hibbett.

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.

Pte A.H.Hibbett: Poem & Pen & Ink sketch of the Garden at The Cenacle. 1917.

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.  

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM 

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.

Red Cross Nurses: G. Cockeram; B Kinsman; D. Puddicombe.
Red Cross Nurses: S. Langdon; G.Wilkinson; G. Leatham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Nurses: W. Hay; F.Cook; A. Mackenzie.
Red Cross Nurses: Doris Langdon;         B. M. Eastwood; K. Hay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB

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 . . . 

E.F. Hibbett. 19. 8.1956. Waiting for ‘A’ Level Results.

 

The Cenacle Red Cross Hospital with the artist in the doorway – arm in a sling. Pen & Ink Sketch. A.H.Hibbett. 1917.

 

NEXT POST: 20th June 1917. We only have four empty beds now – some are Canadians. 

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