SPANISH MEDICAL AID COMMITTEE
Minutes of meeting held on April 19th 1939 at 69 Great Russell Street.
Present: Dr. H.B. Morgan (Chairman), Professor J.R. Marrack, Dr. J. Wright, Mr. C.H. Norman, Mr. T. Blewitt, Mr. W. Lockyer, Mrs. I. Brown, Mr. R. Calder, Mrs. L. Manning, Lord Faringdon, Dr. S.W. Jeger, Mr. Le Gros Clark, Mr. G. Jeger.
1) Minutes of meeting held on March 29th were read and confirmed.
2) Matters Arising:
a) The five vehicles sent to Valencia. Information had now been received that the S.S. " Lulca " had not gone to Spain after all.
It had not been able to get through the blockade and had gone to Algeria. A report had been received that it was at present at Bona, and the Organising Secretary stated that he had immediately written to a shipping company in that town asking for arrangements to be made for the vehicles to be sent back to Marseilles. It was agreed that on their arrival there they should be lent to any responsible organisation able to utilise them in the Refugee Camps.
b) Nurse Addy. A cable had been received from Mr. Holst in Valencia, dated April 17th, reading:- "Madge from Ucles yesterday is awaiting here possibilities for leaving inform family." Miss Addy's family had been informed of this.
c) The Dieppe Case. During his visit to Paris the Organising Secretary had had long discussions on this with the C.S.I. and with Messrs. Kennerley Hall, solicitors. The former asserted that they had left the matter entirely in the hands of their lawyer, and could not understand his neglect of the case. This lawyer was at the same time a director of the Insurance Company who had insured our lorry. Messrs. Kennerley Hall had ascertained that the first hearing of the case had taken place in November, when judgment was given by default. This judgment was that the responsibility for the accident rested equally with the victim and Mr. Hunt, the driver. The victim's parents were therefore awarded 30,000 francs, being half the amount of their claim, plus interest since the date of the accident, and costs. A request for a re-hearing had been lodged by the Insurance Company, and this had taken place in March, when the previous Judgment was upheld. In the opinion of the solicitors it would be inadvisable to pursue the matter any further at present. They advise us to take no action for the time being, but suggest that enquiries be made in Dieppe in a little while, as to whether the money has been paid by the Insurance Company, or whether a further appeal has been lodged. At the same time, a letter should be sent to the C.S.I. in accordance with a draft suggested by the solicitors, making it quite clear that we had been kept in ignorance of the position regarding this case and its two court hearings.
It was agreed that the suggested letter be sent and that the solicitors be asked to pursue enquiries in Dieppe in due course.
d) Dr. Quemada wrote from Norway stating his position and asking in general terms for assistance. Mr. Norman moved that we send him £25, but this found no seconder. It was decided to ask Dr. Quemada how we can help him, and whether he would like us to endeavour to make arrangements for him to go to China or to emigrate to Mexico.
e) Re N.J.C. Conference. Mrs. Brown reported that the morning session had been spent in receiving reports from Lady Hall on