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Belgravia War Hospital Supply Depot newspaper, September 1918

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4 MONTHLY RECORD. September, 1918 WILL YOU HELP? The following letter has been received from France by the Head of the Children's Clothing Department :--

"I have just received the BELGRAVIA MONTHLY RECORD, and was interested to read of the Branch for Refugee Clothing. You could not be doing better work. I am very busy here looking after the refugee families. It is so sad to see them going along the road in front of our place with their few belongings in bundles or carts. There is one family of four who were evacuated from Verdun at the beginning of the war. They were at Noyon when the Germans came, and were there throughout the German occupation. A boy of 16 was taken away, and the poor mother has heard nothing of him since.

"There are five young children, and the mother is ill all the time.

"At the Chasse over the river I have an adopted family -- a mother and six young children -- I should love a parcel of garments."

Applications for cut-out children's garments made from our cutting-room pieces should be addressed to Miss Sebastian, Children's Clothing Department, Belgravia War Hospital Supply Depot, 95, York Mansions, Battersea, to whom finished garments should be returned.

SHOP. There are rumours that a shop is shortly to be opened in the West End on original lines for the benefit of the Belgravia War Hospital Supply Depot. We are able to state that full details of this scheme will shortly be sent to all members and friends of the Depot. Meanwhile, we are prepared to receive gifts of all kinds -- jewellery, silver, bric-a-brac, pictures, books, etc. All is grist that comes to our mill, and will be ground into hospital requisites for our wounded.

We ask at once for odds and ends of silk, velvet, lace, chiffon, etc. Send us anything that you do not want or can spare to Organiser -- Shop, 4, Grosvenor Crescent. Send something to-day.

POST BOX. From the Serbian Relief Fund. "Thank you for the monthly review of your work, it is always most interesting. Do not forget that we are always your grateful friends. We owe very much to the Belgravia Work Rooms."

From the Emergency Aid Committee of Philadelphia. "We have received copies of your Belgravia Bulletin also your little appeal, and hope that you will use the enclosed cheque as you think best."

Hospital Auxilliaire ---- "The Crutches arrived at last yesterday only. If you could have seen the rapture with which they were received you would feel yourself sufficiently thanked. I suppose most Hospitals really are as short of them as we are, but we have lots of men hopping about the Ward who could go all over the garden or even to the town if they had crutches, and others with one and a-half or one only. I suppose your workshop couldn't spare us a few more? I hardly like to ask it as you must have such lots of applications. "I may add that such splendid Crutches as these have never dazzled M---- before." The Matron ____ Hospital. "I want to tell you how thoroughly satisfactory was the Peg-Leg your depot fitted our Bombadier ---- with. I have waited for some time to write to you. He gave it the fullest trial and was most grateful. We found it continued perfectly comfortable round the stump, where the first one had galled him a little."

East Leeds Hospital. "I wish to thank you for the splendid supply of surgical appliances etc., which have been sent to us from the Belgravia War Hospital Supply Depot. I think you ought to be very proud of the work done at your Depot; I have not yet seen splints, boots, etc., more beautifully made." "Enclosed please find [one pound] £1, for a cushion cover embroidered and disposed of by a discharged soldier, Lance-Corporal in the Northumberland Fusiliers, for the Belgravia Depot." -- [That is the kind of thanks that counts to us.]

COUNTRY BRANCHES. Receipts for five weeks ending August 31st, 1918. Bandages, Dressings, etc. Garments and other articles. Bonchurch and Ventnor ... --- --- Buxton ... ... ... --- --- Chepstow ... ... ... --- 12 Dunstable ... ... ... 1,685 44 Dunsfold ... ... ... 553 --- Elstead ... ... ... 810 --- Grantham ... ... --- --- Grewelthorpe ... ... --- --- Horsmonden ... ... --- --- Leamington ... ... --- --- Leighton Buzzard ... ... 2,650 309 Ledbury ... ... ... 3,800 76 Laes ... ... ... 220 21 Littleton ... ... ... --- --- Lingfield ... ... ... 490 17 Moyns ... ... ... 676 56 Market Drayton ... ... --- --- Niton ... ... ... 2,350 1 Odiham ... ... ... --- 36 Old Dalby ... ... --- 40 Painswick ... ... ... --- 102 Presteign ... ... ... --- --- Rye (Mrs. Fuller-Maitland) ... --- 9 Stroud ... ... ... 1,350 114 St. Maurice ... ... --- --- Whittlesea ... ... --- --- Wookey ... ... ... --- ---


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14,584 837 OUT-WORK BRANCHES. Receipts for five weeks ending August 31st, 1918. Bandages, Dressings, etc. Garments and other articles. Alfrick ... ... ... --- --- Bathampton ... ... --- 6 Bishop's Stortford ... ... --- --- Bourne ... ... ... --- 10 Brondesbury Park ... ... --- --- Clouds ... ... ... 600 18 Defford ... ... ... --- --- Earls Croome ... ... --- 45 Fernhurst ... ... ... --- 2 Hale, Farnham ... ... --- --- Hayes ... ... ... --- --- Hook ... ... ... --- --- Lenham ... ... ... --- --- Leigh and Bransford ... 530 5 The Menderies ... ... --- --- Severn Stoke ... ... --- --- Walthamstow ... ... --- --- Walworth ... ... --- --- Worcester Park ... ... 140 37


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1,270 123 EVENING WORKERS' BRANCHES. Receipts for the four weeks ending August 31st, 1918. Moss Bags Dressings ... ... ... 62,300 Various Articles ... ... ... ... 1,324


Total... 63,624 London: Printed by J. Miles & Co., Ltd., 68-70, Wardour Street, W. 1.