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Royal Visit to Hospitals at Chatham - October 1914
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 12:15:39 »
The Times - Sunday, October 04, 1914

The King and Queen travelled by motor-car from London to Chatham yesterday to visit the wounded there. Thousands of people lined the streets of Rochester and Chatham, which were decorated with flags. The King and Queen drove direct to the official residence of the Commander-in-Chief at the Nore, Admiral Sir Richard Poore, and after luncheon proceeded to the Royal Naval Hospital. For three quarters of a mile the route was lined by the Royal Engineer recruits, who cheered enthusiastically as the King drove past.

At the hospital the Royal visitors were recieved by Surgeon-General A. J. J. Johnston, who conducted them through the wards. There were between 40 and 50 wounded officers and men there, mostly from engagements in the North Sea. Their majesties spent some minutes in conversation with Commander Rose, of the destroyer Laurel, who was severly wounded in the battle of Heligoland. Another interesting case was that of Shipwright Mc-Whirter, of the Aboukir. When the vessel was torpedoed one of his feet was crushed, but he managed to reach the Cressy and subsequently the Hogue. After the Hogue sank he kept himself afloat until he was saved by a whaler. All the patients were wearing dressing gowns provided by the Queen.

Their majesties afterwards paid a visit to the Town Hall, the headquarters of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families' Association, and the Royal Naval Friendly Union of Sailors' wives. Subsequently they visited Fort Pitt Military Hospital, which is under the charge of Colonel H. A. Haines, R.A.M.C. Their Majesties spent some time chatting to the wounded soldiers there.


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