Dates Factory

The Facility

Dates Factory

The Process

Date Pickers at Rest
Date Packing
Loading the Dhow with Dates
Loading the Dhow
Dates Loaded on the Dhow

Factory Personnel

Date Packer and Family
Date Packer's Hut
Dates Factory Workers' Huts

Factory Management

Dates Factory Head Man

Somewhere to Eat

River Cafe, Mesopotamia

Hospitals

21 British General Hospital, Alexandria

No 21 BGH was located at the Ras-el-Tin barracks in Alexandria.

When it was decided to undertake operations in the Dardanelles, four general hospitals were sent to Egypt from the United Kingdom, to act as base hospitals for the force. Two (Nos. 15 and 17) arrived in March, and the other two (Nos. 19 and 21) at the beginning of June 1915. They were all opened in Alexandria, No. 15 in the ”Abbassia Schools,” No. 17 in the Victoria College, No. 19 in the Deaconesses’ Hospital, a German hospital, and No. 21 in Ras-el-Tin barracks. They were nominally under the administrative control of the D.M.S. of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Surg.-General W. G. Birrell, whose representative in Egypt was Colonel Sexton, the A.D.M.S. of the Base at Alexandria.

Source: Medical Services General History Volume III (Medical Services during the Operations on the Western Front in 1916, 1917 and 1918; in Italy; and in Egypt and Palestine), by Major-General Sir W. G. MACPHERSON.

No 21 BGH Alexandria
No 21 British General Hospital, Ras-el-Tin Alexandria
Courtesy: Museums Victoria, Photographer: John Lord, URL: https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/1317162
Compound 21st General Hospital Alexandria, Egypt.
European Pattern Tents at 21 BGH

21 BGH Compound
Officers Quarters, 21 British General Hospital
Rock Breaker, 21 British General Hospital

No 3 British General Hospital, Basra

No. 3 B.G.H. is in the Sheikh of Mohammerah’s town palace. It has some fine rooms off the main hall, which make excellent wards. Adjoining the palace are large hut extensions. They are solidly built to resist the heat. The roofs are thick and sun-proof, the wards are high and airy, with electric lights and fans. So far as structure and conveniences go this Hospital is as good as any one could hope to find in Mesopotamia. A very competent Staff of Doctors and Nurses maintain a high standard of efficiency. Here there is a very nice officers’ ward, to the furnishing of which the Red Cross has done not a little.

Source: A MESSAGE FROM MESOPOTAMIA, by THE HON. SIR ARTHUR LAWLEY G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E.

No 3 British General Hospital Basra
Hospital Pier No 3 British General Hospital

Beit Nama Officers Convalescent Hospital, Basra

The Officers’ Convalescent Hospital at Beit Nama was opened on July 26, 1916 and was situated just downstream of the No. 3 British General Hospital.

Map of Beit Nama Officers' Hospital Basra
Beit Nama Officers Hospital Photo
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Medical History of the War, Volume IV, Page 262:
A British convalescent depot was established at Mohammera. This depot received the first batch of 100 convalescents on 24th October 1916, and, as it had been decided to abandon Ashar barracks as a convalescent depot, it was extended to accommodate greater numbers. The site of the new camp on the right bank of the river, about three miles above the Persian town of Mohammera, was ideal. It had a pleasant outlook on the river and on the Bamashia channel leading from it. Steep turf banks and scattered palms gave to the camp a rural appearance, enhanced by well-made gravel paths, rustic seats, fences and flower-beds. Patients were conveyed to and from it by river boats twice weekly. During November 1916 a similar convalescent depot was opened for Indians on an adjoining site.

33 British General Hospital, Makina (Basra)

Personnel of 33 British General Hospital (BGH) arrived at Basra on June 11, 1916 on the HS VITA from Bombay. The hospital was initially deployed at TANOUMAH (on the right bank of the river) in 40 European Pattern tents. Within a month, the hospital was split between two locations; TANOUMAH and in the old Liquorice Factory at Makina which had been vacated by the 32 BGH.

No. 33 B.G.H. is in the liquorice factory, not nearly so happily situated as No. 3. It is shut in and airless. There is a mule depot just across the creek which brings an ” infinite torment of flies,” and on the occasion of my visit I found the wards somewhat topsy-turvied by the discovery of plague-infected rats, and consequently of course of plague-infected fleas. The O.C. and the Staff have, however, been well trained to cope with difficulties, and as in the past, so in the future, their cheery optimism, skill and courage will carry them through every difficulty.

Source: A MESSAGE FROM MESOPOTAMIA, by THE HON. SIR ARTHUR LAWLEY G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E.

Map of 33 BGH Locations at Basra
Compound of No 33 British General Hospital

Llandyrnog Red Cross Convalescent Hospital

Llandyrnog Red Cross Hospital
Staff & Patients Llandyrnog Red Cross Hospital

Bandar Abbas

The HM HS VITA sailed from Basra to Bandar Abbas, Persia on October 4, 1917 arriving the following day.

Bander Abbas Dwelling
Bander Abbas Village Smithy
Bander Abbas Caravan Preparations

HM HS VITA

Photos of HM HS VITA between 1916 and 1918.

HM HS VITA Leaving Harbour

HM HS VITA (Bombay)

HM HS VITA from Hospital Pier
Pontoon Bridge from Pier to Ship

Life Below Decks

VITA CO's Cabin
HM HS VITA Smoke Room
HM HS VITA Dining Salon
HM HS VITA Lounge & Staircase
HM HS VITA RAMC Orderly's Cabin
RAMC Crew Bunks

On Deck

HM HS VITA Port Promenade Deck

When the VITA was passing through areas known to be mined, patients were brought on deck as a safety precaution.

HM HS Vita Patients on Deck in Mined Areas.
HM HS VITA Patients on Deck
Patients on Deck

Patient’s Wards

HM HS VITA Forward Ward (70 Patients)
HM HS VITA Lower Tween Decks Ward (100 Patients)
VITA Upper Tween Decks Ward (70 Patients)

Operating Theatre

HM HS VITA Operating Theatre
HM HS VITA Operating Theatre

Medical Staff

HM HS VITA Medical-Staff 1917
Angels of Mercy December 1916. HM HS Vita.
HM HS VITA RAMC Personnel

Infrastructure

HM HS VITA Ventilation System
Thresh Disinfector HM HS Vita

Repatriated Turkish PoWs

HM HS VITA Repatriated Turkish Officers

 

Photos of Bombay

Photos and images of Bombay 1916 – 1918.

Cuffe Parade N. (Bombay)
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Bombay Apollo Bunder
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Bombay Pioneer Dock
Bombay Unloading-Patients (Governor General Present)
Bombay Unloading Patients to Ambulance
Bombay Loading Troops
Ayahs
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Hack (Bombay)
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Basra

Photos and images of Basra.

Ezra’s Tomb:

Ezra's Tomb
Copyright: © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1848)

Beit Nama:

The Beit Nama Officer’s Convalescent Hospital was located at Mohammerah. Originally, the Beit Nama House had been taken over and allotted to the General Medical Stores Depot. In July 1916, an Indian Medical Services (IMS) officer, Major MUNRO, was appointed in charge of converting it into a new Officer’s Hospital with a capacity of 100 beds. During July, equipment was landed and the place was cleaned by the Sanitary Section.

Beit Nama Officers Hospital Photo
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From the Medical History of the War, Volume IV

Page 252
Convalescent depots in tents to accommodate 1,000 British and 1,000 Indians had been opened at Mohammera, on the Persian side of the Shatt-al-Arab.

Page 262
A British convalescent depot was established at Mohammera. This depot received the first batch of 100 convalescents on 24th October 1916, and, as it had been decided to abandon Ashar barracks as a convalescent depot, it was extended to accommodate greater numbers. The site of the new camp on the right bank of the river, about three miles above