SPANISH MEDICAL AID COMMITTEE
Minutes of meeting held on March 15th 1939 at 24 New Oxford Street, W.C.1.
Present: Dr. H.B. Morgan (Chairman), Professor J.R. Marrack, Dr. H. Joules Dr. J. Wright, Mr. C.H. Norman, Mrs. I. Brown, Dr. J.A. Gillison Mr. G. Jeger. Apology for absence was received from Dr. Boyde.
1) Minutes of meeting held on the 6th March 1939 were confirmed and signed.
2) Matters arising:
a) New offices; A list of minimum furniture and equipment was submitted by the Organising Secretary, and he was empowered to purchase these at a cost not exceeding £20. It was decided that the premises should be taken in the name of Professor J.R. Marrack, as the Estate Agents would not accept a "Committee" as tenants, and it was agreed that the Committee indemnify him for all consequences of such action.
b) Nurse Finley had left hospital, and had gone to stay with her people at Hastings for 3 weeks. An allowance of £2 per week for that period was authorised.
c) The 5 vehicles at Marseilles had been released by the French authorities, and the representative of the International Relief Commission had immediately shipped them to Valencia.
d) Professor Marrack reported that the new Refugee Committee was considering sending Spanish refugees to Mexico on a specially chartered ship. The Mexican Government had agreed to accept 25,000.
e) In reply to our cable advising Madge Addy to leave Ucles the following had been received from Mr. Holst:- "Madge don't want to leave Ucles now hospital need her more than ever. Am still waiting for news about goods please cable". The Foreign Office had boon informed of her whereabouts, and asked to make such arrangements for her safety as may be deemed necessary.
f) Re Dieppe Accident: Mr. Binford Hole had advised us that he had just heard (March 14th) from the C.S.I. lawyer that the case had been taken in the Dieppe Court on March 1st, judgment being reserved.
It was agreed that a strong protest be sent to the C.S.I. for their failure to keep us informed of the progress of the case and to ensure that we were represented in the Court. Further that we instruct a lawyer in Paris to investigate and report to us the details of the court proceedings and the facilities for Appeal if thought necessary.
3) Special Correspondence:
a) Mr. Baulka had sent his International Brigade Book and papers but the Dependants' Aid Committee continued to repudiate responsibility for him or his child.
In view of the Foster Parent's threat to put the child into a Salvation Army Home, the Organising Secretary had sought another Foster Parent. Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Bellingham (he is Assistant Secretary of the Society of Lithographic Artists) had seen the child and were willing to adopt him completely after a "probationary period" if the father agreed. Mr. Boulka had been written to, and we were now awaiting his reply.