County of the Kent Red Cross

As reported in the Bromley & District Times in September 1940 Travel Vouchers for Relatives Lady Hohler, Fawkham Manor writes:- It is not perhaps generally known that men serving in the Merchant Service come under the British Red Cross and St John scheme for assisting relatives (wife, parents, children, brothers and sisters) to obtain a Concession Voucher, which permits them to travel at reduced rates, In serious or dangerous cases the Red Cross and St John also provides accommodation near the hospital for relatives travelling a long distance. Application should…

Miss Beatrix Batten

It’s always nice to see women receiving awards for their efforts. Here we have Miss Beatrix Batten, Commandant of Abbey Lodge V.A.D. Hospital, Chislehurst awarded the M.B.E She was born in April 1886 and lived with her parents and sister at Foxdeane in Lower Camden, Chislehurst. Her father was a solicitor. Known as Trixie she graduated from Girton College, Cambridge. She volunteered with the Red Cross in 1913 and rose to become Area Commandant. She was awarded the Red Cross War Medal for over 1000 hours of unpaid work during…