Old Photos of Witham

VAD nurses being inspected on Chipping Hill

Taken: 1909-1913, Ref: M664

A group of VAD nurses in a line on the green at Chipping Hill, a few years before the First World War. Some civilians also. VADs (Voluntary Aid Detachments) were first formed in England in 1909.

Some may be recognisable from other photos. Eg. of the nurses standing forward of the others, the one left of the couple in black, with white hair, below a door, looks like Miss Susannah Vaux.

It seems that the man in the top hat is to do the inspection. This is the same occasion as M809, except in the latter he has not yet arrived.

The long weatherboarded wall connects the buildings out of sight to the left of it (since demolished) with the ones we can see which are (left to right), 30 Chipping Hill, 28 Chipping Hill, 26 Chipping Hill.

RefM664
Date taken1909-1913
SourceBraintree and Witham Times. Neg is at ERO, Acc. A9314.
Posted on Full size 5388 × 3645

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