SPANISH MEDICAL AID COMMITTEE
24, New Oxford Street,
On August 23rd, a year ago, our first Unit left 24, New Oxford Street, bound for Spain. We celebrated this anniversary by a meeting at Friend's House, Euston Road, which not only marked the end of our first, and the beginning of our second year's work, but was also a memorial to the six members of our Unit who have fallen in Spain. The Dean of Canterbury took the Chair, and the speakers were Mrs. Manning, K.S.L., our Chairman Dr. Morgan, Philip Jordan, of the "News Chronicle", Nurses Molly Murphy and Lady Hastings. Isabel Brown made the appeal, which amounted to £409. The following cable, sent by Lord Churchill from Spain, was read:
"In the name of comrades killed while helping wounded victims of German and Italian aggression in Spain, I remind you that as citizens of the most powerful empire in the world, we bear the heaviest responsibility for allowing Nazis and Fascists to continue for one year killing Spanish women and children. How much longer are you going to stand by and watch this happen? We in Spain look to you in England to work as we are working for the people of Spain, defending themselves and us against the Fascist menace. Don't fail us." Churchill.
Here in a few words is a summary of the help we have sent to Spain in the last year. The balance sheet which we enclose tells its own tale.
Since August 23rd, 1936, doctors, nurses, drivers, stretcher-bearers, together with ambulances, lorries, surgical instruments, medical material and food, have been sent out. There are now in Spain under the auspices of the Committee 47 ambulances and lorries and 80 trained personnel.
The Mision Sanitaria Britanica has two base hospitals and at the moment three field hospitals. The latter vary in number and situation with the needs of the Division to which they are attached. Medical and surgical supplies have been sent to every part of Spain. So far as our means would allow, no request has been unanswered.
Bilbao, Santander, the northern Catalan hospitals, Almeria, the Cordova front, the Aragon front, Albacete, the Ralph Fox convalescent villa at Benicasim have all been supplied with ambulances and medical material, while our hospitals on the Madrid front have dealt with approximately 5,000 wounded during the recent heavy fighting.
Our chairman, Dr. H.B. Morgan, went out to consult with the Spanish Government in August as to how best we could help in the immediate future.
We have undertaken, in association with the Spanish medical authorities, to help equip and staff a large base hospital for the centre Front, of probably 1,000 beds. This hospital will be fitted out as a complete unit with the bacteriological laboratory supplied by the Holborn Committee attached, and will serve also