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Christening 1918 Tree Planting Soldiers Group Featured Sergeant Major Print

Christening 1918 Tree Planting Soldiers Group

Christopher Powell-Cotton (1918-2006) was christenend at All Saints Church, Birchington on 20 April 1918. Afterwards a tree was planted in the grounds of Quex Park. A group of soldiers are standing around the tree. On the right is James Cornford, the Head Gardener at Quex. On the far left is Sergeant Alexander Gibson of the 19th Battalion, Australian Infantry Force. He was a patient at the Quex Park VAD hospital for 17 days in April 1918 and stood proxy for one of the Godfathers who was away on war duty. Gibson soon returned to active duty and in June 1918 he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery. The other soldiers include some more Australians. The civilians standing behind them may be Quex Estate workers. The Quex Park VAD Hospital opened on 15 October 1914 and closed on 31 January 1919. The hospital was run by Kent/178, the Birchington Detachment. The Commandant was Hannah Powell-Cotton (1881-1964), wife of Major Percy HG Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) of Quex Park, founder of the Powell-Cotton Museum. Date: 1918

© The Powell-Cotton Museum Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library

Christening 1918 Tree Planting Proxy Godfathers group Featured Sergeant Major Print

Christening 1918 Tree Planting Proxy Godfathers group

Christopher Powell-Cotton (1918-2006) was christenend at All Saints Church, Birchington on 20 April 1918. Afterwards a tree was planted in the grounds of Quex Park. People are gathered beside a fence around the site of the tree planting. Within the fence are a smaller group of people, some holding the tree being planted. They include, on the left Major PHG Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) the father, next is Sergeant Alexander Gibson of the 19th Battalion, Australian Infantry Force. His home was in Sydney. He was a patient at the Quex Park VAD hospital for 17 days in April 1918 and stood proxy for one of the Godfathers who was away on war duty. Gibson soon returned to active duty and in June 1918 he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery. Next to him is James Cornford, the Head Gardener at Quex. The other soldier is Corporal William Kite from Birmingham, a British soldier in the Labour Corps. He spent three months as a patient at St Mary's, the annexe to the Quex Park VAD Hospital. He stood proxy for the other Godfather. The Godmothers were the 33 members of Kent/178, the Birchington Voluntary Aid Detachment. The invitation for the Christening included the words While the Hospital at Quex, and the Rations, make entertaining impossible, Major & Mrs Powell-Cotton will be very pleased to see Tenants and Friends, without whose presence and good wishes the Ceremony would seem incomplete. Date: 1918

© The Powell-Cotton Museum Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library

Sergeant Major from 3rd Northern General Hospital, World War I Featured Sergeant Major Print

Sergeant Major from 3rd Northern General Hospital, World War I

Taken from 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield compiled by Professor (then Colonel) A.M. Connell. Taken during the Great War, mostly at the Base Hospital and Longshaw. 1915 - 1918. Cat. No. 940.476274 SSTF

© Sheffield City Council

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