24th March, 1937.
The West Middlesex Gazette,
50, Uxbridge Road,
As Chairman of the Central Spanish Medical Aid Committee I am writing to reply to Monsigneur H. Barton Brown's letter of the 8th inst. with his rather suggestive query.
The medical aid which this Committee has been sending to Spain will be rendered to any sick or wounded in Spain who reach our Units for treatment. The moment a belligerent is wounded or sick he becomes in civilised eyes a non-combatant. That is surely the truly Christian attitude. Such medical aid is given irrespective of the side for which the disabled has been fighting. It is obvious, however, that ambulances, field and base hospitals cannot be stationed in neutral territory or in no-man's-land, and the Units recruited out by this Committee have been sent out to be stationed in territory in the hands of the democratically elected Spanish Government.
Very useful, humanitarian work has been done; work in which the Spanish and British Catholic workers have been proud to assist.
As regards the Ealing Meeting, at which I was present, it was decided to seek funds for two objects: the relief of distress among non-combatants, and medical aid, with the right for subscribers to earmark their donations for one or other object. I see nothing in those objects that a humanitarian cleric could find fault with.
And now may I ask the respected Monsigneur some questions? - Did he put such a question in the public Press when the funds for the ambulances of the Catholic papers were being raised? Is that ambulance or others furnished through similar auspices rendering aid to both sides, or stationed on both sides of opposing territory?
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