Reference numberMS/929/1/72
TitleLetter from Helena Gleichen, Hotel de France & d'Angleterre, Pauillac, to James Mackenzie Davidson
Date5 July 1915
DescriptionNotes that, depending on how the money turns out, she may ask Mackenzie Davidson to send one of his tables and one of his screen localisers. Suggests that it may only be necessary for them to have the screen localiser, using it against their upright machine and creating a slide to hold it, and asks Mackenzie Davidson for his advice. Describes to Mackenzie Davidson an episode recently where they walked to a gorge in the forest and against the 'ampitheatre of rocks' were able to hear the guns at the frontline. Notes that the nearest front is over 100 kilometers away, but wonders if the gorge made a sounding board of sorts.
Extent4 sides
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyLady Helena Gleichen (1873-1947) was a professional painter. When the war broke out, she began ambulance driving in a British hospital in France. A visiting French surgeon suggested that she and her friend Nina Hollings learn the new science of radiography, and they went on to do so in Paris for six months before studying under James Mackenzie Davidson for six weeks. Gleichen's relations at home raised funds to purchase portable X-ray equipment that they could transport to dressing stations and field hospitals near the front lines. Though their services were refused by the British War Office, they were eventually placed with the Italian Army
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