SPANISH MEDICAL AID COMMITTEE
President: Dr. CHRISTOPHER ADDISON
Chairman: Dr. H.B. MORGAN
Treasurers: Viscountess HASTINGS
Hon. Secretary: Dr. CHARLES BROOK, L.C.C.
24 NEW OXFORD STREET
Telephone: HOLborn 0605
5th September 1936.
Sir Walter Citrine, K.B.E.,
Trade Union Congress,
Dear Sir Walter,
You asked me to let you have a report as to the progress of the Unit and I thought that this would be a very opportune time to advise you as to the information that has come into our possession.
On the arrival of the Unit in Paris it was decided that for purposes of better organisation, the vast amount of equipment which had been acquired, should be transported by a convoy of lorries to Barcelona. Accordingly it was necessary for the Committee to purchase 3 "Renault" lorries which can be converted into ambulances when required. An official of the I.F.T.U. helped them to buy these at very short notice for a sum of about £800.
The whole convoy proceeded to Barcelona, but unfortunately one of the lorries ran off the road and the driver, Mr. William Belcher, a member of the Unit sustained a broken nose and is still in hospital in France. The rest of the party had meanwhile reached Barcelona by train.
The latest information I have received is that the whole unit will proceed inland for active work there.
I received a wire from Lord Churchill yesterday urgently requesting that more surgeons and 3 skilled lorry drivers should proceed to Barcelona immediately, and we are now in process of arranging for a draft of about 3 or 4 doctors and the 3 drivers to leave London by Tuesday next. This, of course, is making further demands on our resources and it means that additional money is to be budgetted for for maintenance.