WORLD WAR I Album, compiled by nurse Ada F. Orrock, containing a very large collection of ephemera relating to fund-raising "Flag Days" for the British Red Cross and other organisations relating to helping injured soldiers, [1916-1922]
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WORLD WAR I
Album, compiled by nurse Ada F. Orrock, containing a very large collection of ephemera relating to fund-raising "Flag Days" for the British Red Cross and other organisations relating to helping injured soldiers, [1916-1922]
Sold for £3,250 (US$ 5,409) inc. premium
Lot Details
WORLD WAR I
Album, compiled by nurse Ada F. Orrock, containing a very large collection of ephemera relating to fund-raising "Flag Days" for the British Red Cross and other organisations relating to helping injured soldiers, overall 116 pages (with additional inserts), with upwards of 600 buttons, flags, badges, etc (mostly pinned in on 50 pages), 11 albumen photographs, several autograph letters, pictorial postcards (several of hospitals), printed correspondence to Orrock thanking her for her help, newspaper cuttings, etc., contemporary cloth, stamped "News and Views from My Friends with the Forces", rubbed, 4to, [1916-1922]

Footnotes

  • A most unusual, and poignant album of ephemera compiled by London nurse Ada Orrock, relating to her hospital career with injured soldiers, and activities as a volunteer raising funds for different soldier's charities during, and just after the war. She joined the 1st London General Hospital in South-east London on 7 January 1916, transferring later to the West End Hospital in Welbeck Street. There are 11 photographs of patients and staff, including Ada with three orderlies, and 3 from May 1917 in which a Private Cowlishaw is depicted. Next to these is a handwritten letter, dated May 28th, in which he writes '"My" dear Nurse... I am trying to write a few lines to you. Because really it does'nt need many for me to give my opinion about you. I might say I have been in a few hospitals but never yet have I found a nurse so kind & true as yourself... I sincerely hope that I shall always remain one of your soldier boys...", and one from his mother (in Shardlow, Derbyshire" telling Mrs Orrock that "he has given his life for his country. All the intimation I have received is from a sergeant who says he found his body on Saturday Aug. 25th and buried it... I must thank you for all your loving care of my dear boy ["an only son"]... He told me of your great kindness to him and very very often talked of you. I little thought when bidding him good-bye that never again on earth should I see him".

    The album includes upwards of 500 flags, badges, pins, labels etc., samples of items sold by nurse Orrock to raise money for special charity days, or specific hospitals: British Red Cross Society "Our Day" (October 21, 1915, and subsequent); Crutch Day; Italian Flag Day [also Russia, French, Armenian, Australian...]; Blue Cross Fund to Help Horses in War Time; Irish Women's Association (to Aid Irish Regiments and Prisoners of War); St. Patrick's Flag Day [on the 2-page spread of Irish items is including a Sinn Fein badge and button]; Y.M.C.A. Hut Day; Mesopotamia Day; Poppy Day (1921), and many many others. There is extraordinary variety of shapes and materials used; felted cats, metal boomerang, wooden jigsaw soldiers and kangeroo, coins, medals, miniature swords, a 3-dimensional bomb, fabric flowers. Other related items include a "genuine Zeppelin wire... [from one shot down] at Cuffley, Sept. 3rd 1916", vendor's arm ribbons, a soldier's train ticket from Amiens to Arras, a fragment of thick cloth with note attached "a little of Flanders mud from Albert", a French franc "found in no man's land", a large circular sign "A Man from this House Not at Home Now Serving in His Majesty's Forces" [with note "shown in the windows in Devon when men were away fighting"], an envelope and metal canister used by the Government Pigeon Service; an actual lock of hair "of a horse that carried its rider to safety after being mortally wounded - Second Battle of Ypres. 1915". The final page of material relates to the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. See illustration on preceding page.
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