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Red Cross

21st Nov 1917   “It has been said that the new ambulance train recently built by the Midland Railway Company for use with the British forces overseas – which is on public view at No. 5 platform of the Nottingham Midland Station to-day and to-morrow – is the last word in creations of this sort. And it would be difficult to find a more fitting description of this very latest addition to the army's Red Cross resources.

This morning the Mayor and Mayoress of Nottingham Coun. and Mrs. J. G. Small, the Sheriff Coun. H. Offiler and Mrs. Offiler, the Town Clerk and Mrs. W. J. Board, formed a party who were conducted over the train by Major G. H. Follows, R.E., acting general superintendent, and Mr. Reid the carriage and waggon superintendent, on behalf of the Midland, and they were as vividly impressed by the perfection of design and completeness of equipment, as visitors at Derby and Leicester have been before them.

The train is specially constructed for service in hot climates, being provided with a double roof, insulated against heat by an asbestos mattress with an air chamber between the double roofs. Each car is mosquito-proof, and the windows throughout are double, one of plate glass and the other of a lowered frame, covered on the inside with brass wire gauze. Each window can be manipulated independently, according to climatic conditions. Composed of 16 cars, each 54 feet long, and of a total length (excluding engine and tender) of 913 feet, and a weight, unloaded of 430 tons, the train is effectively picked out, externally in khaki, and the interior, in the main, is painted in glossy white enamel. It is vestibuled throughout, and fitted with electric light and fans, all the roofs covered with linoleum or lead, and have rounded corners. Nine of the cars are ward cars, containing 36 folding cots each; the brake and lying in infectious car possesses four wards, six beds in each, and a staff car, two kitchen cars, a pharmacy car, a personnel car, and a stores car are also provided, together with dining rooms and sleeping compartments for medical officers, sisters, and staff. The whole train was designed and completed under the supervision of Mr. Reid in the record time of 14 weeks. Large numbers of people viewed the train to-day and the proceeds are to be devoted to providing comforts for railwaymen on active service and for assisting the Red Cross Society.”

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  • The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website

    This website has been running for 18 years and receives in excess of a million hits per month. The website and our group will continue long after the 2014-18 events are over. We hope that people will continue to support us by submitting material and stories in addition to submitting to the new websites set up for the anniversary.

  • We are looking for volunteers to help with researching the activities of units of the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Territorial Force, Regular Army, Pals Battalions, Kitchener's New Armies, Voluntary Organisations and the Ships of the Royal Navy. We currently have a huge backlog of stories and historical documents which need to be edited or transcribed for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. For more information please see our page on Volunteering.

Wanted: Digital copies of Group photographs, Scrapbooks, Autograph books, photo albums, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards and ephemera relating to the Great War. If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes. Please get in touch for the postal address, do not sent them to our PO Box as packages are not accepted.

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    Please note we currently have a backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 237716 your submission is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first.

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