Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Amazing find!

Yesterday, (16th July), I found a small book in, of all places, the little shop at our local re-cycling tip.  

The book is dated 1914 and is a "Manual of Instruction for The Royal Naval Sick Berth Staff".  Inside the front cover is written in ink 'HMHS China' and on the side is B. BRACEWELL.   

I searched for the Hospital Ship "HMHS China" on the Internet and found a wonderful photograph on the QARNNS website.   Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Services has the most fascinating history, having been founded long before the First World War.

I have applied for permission to use the photograph and have also sent off e-mails to try and find out more about the Hospital Ship and the person who owned the Manual in the first place.

I will let you know how I get on.

In the meantime, I am busy reading Terence Zuber's wonderful book "The Battle of the Frontiers Ardennes 1914".   A former US Army Major who studied in America, France and Germany, Zuber has walked the battleground and searched through original documents and eye-witness accounts.   The book is amazing and definitely a must for all interested in the history of the First World War. 

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