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Monday, November 12, 2018
QUORN MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARMISTICE WITH SOME VERY SPECIAL EVENTS
Every year on Remembrance Sunday the village of Quorn marks pays tribute to all those
in the armed forces who did not come home. This year, 100 years since the Armistice
was declared, several Quorn groups have joined together under the guidance of the
Quorn Local History Group to create a weekend full of activities that will tell the
stories of local people who lived through the Great War.
On 12th June in 1915 Dorothea Crewdson from Nottingham travelled to take up her duties
as a VAD at No 16 Stationary Hospital at Le Treport in France. She served for four
years. It was Dorothea’s diaries (published by W&N) that led local amateur theatre
company the New Quorndon Shakespeare Company to research other local nurses and VAD’s
who supported those who fought in the Great War.
As part of the village wide commemoration events in Quorn over the Remembrance weekend,
the NQSC will be recreating a field hospital in France and paying tribute to local
girls who signed up to nurse as well as the doctors, orderlies and the soldiers themselves.
Annie Dodson, Natalie Wright and Ethelreda Burrows were all girls local to Quorn
and Mountsorrel who served in France as VAD’s and the NQSC aims to give visitors
a taste of the hard work and conditions that these sheltered young women experienced
in the field hospitals.
The hospital will be open in Quorn Village Hall from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 10 November
and entrance is free. During the war Quorn Village Hall offered entertainment for
soldiers’ home on leave and for those recuperating from injury so it is fitting that
it should host this event. Visitors to the Field Hospital will be welcomed and invited
to sit down and watch as the nurses and doctors go about their work, breaking off
sometimes to tell you a little about themselves or to invite you to join them in
a cheering song. There will be some well stewed tea and Huntley and Palmers biscuit
on offer and you may even get to witness the visit of Queen Mary. A vintage shuttle
bus will be operated by the Great Central Railway and one of the stops will be right
outside the Village Hall.
The photo is of NQSC members in the uniforms of Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD), Red
Cross Nurse and First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY).