Information about Gladys Crane, thank you to Steve Info :o)
are two pages of V.A.D. service records for her on these links.
Gladys Crane, Bevan Military Hospital, Sandgate,
wonderful little book full of poems, drawings and messages from sick and
wounded soldiers in Bevan and Rouen during WW1 -
Gladys Crane, nurse, gathered these memories in a little autograph book.
Here is a small sampling from
Gladys Crane was a young English girl
who became a nurse and then a Sister in Bevan Military Hospital al
Sandgate, Kent. She worked there throughout 1916 and early in 1917
she was transferred to No5 General Base Hospital, Rouen, France where
she worked in Ward 13. She had constant contact with wounded
soldiers of the Great War and asked many of them to write something in a
small autograph book which she kept.
Her Father, Andrew Crane, was
a Dentist and born in Leicester whilst her Mother, Amy Constance, was
born in London. There were two of a family, Gladys Constance and
her younger sister Muriel Amy but by the census of 1911 their Father had
passed away. They lived at the Bungalow, St Leonard, Hythe.
The births of both children were registered at Elham in the Parish of St
The Mother and the youngest daughter, Muriel Amy,
joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment and were working with wounded
soldiers at Hythe soon after the start of the Great War. Gladys
then joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment and was sent to the Bevan
Military Hospital at Sandgate, Kent, the largest hospital of it's kind
On 20th March 1917 she was transferred to Rouen and
remained there for the next two years. In June of 1917 she was off
sick but soon recovered and came back to work. Some years ago
Gladys passed away and today that little notebook is in my
possession. It is a wonderful record of the friendships that had
been made in both hospitals. Some of the writing has now faded and
some names are difficult to read but most are legible.
those young men in the loving care of the Sisters of Bevan would return
home with horrible injuries to be discharged as unfit for further duties
and left to spend the rest of their lives as best they could.
Others would return to the front lines to resume the fight against the
German oppressors and at least three to be killed in action.
one of these young men ever complains
of the pain they had to bear or
the suffering they had to contend with
so many miles away from home and
from their loved ones. All of them
are grateful for the skills and - kindness
of the Sisters of Bevan and the
gratitude shows through in the many
lovely verses and drawings done for Gladys in her little book. It
is something she must have been very proud of. I wonder how many
if them became lifelong friends.
Pte. Ross Muir, 6th Inniskilling
Dragoons 23rd June 1917 at Rouen
And because you smile, another smiles,
And soon there's lots and lots of smiles
Because you smile
|Pte. Billy Smith -
1st Cameronians 4th Nov 1916
Backwards, turn backwards old father time pray,
Make me a boy again just for today,
So that I might eat a green apple or plum,
Without having a pain in my tummy-tum-tum
|30800 Pte. James
Bottomley 15th Cheshires
4th Nov 1916 'Can't you look pleasant'
|172315 Pte. W. H.
Nash - Anzac Supply Column
4th Nov 1916
All humor to those that know you
all humor to Nurses and Sisters too
for they are the finest in the land
all humor to our Sisters helping hand
Cpl. John Stanley Upstone - Died 10.09.1917
1/4 Oxford & Bucks B.E.F.
I am a Oxford and to the war went
Wounded and sick, to hospital was sent
Nursed back to health by a Sister from Kent
Many thanks to the Sisters for their kindness while a patient at No. 5
General Hospital Rouen
Sarsons 1/6th Royal Sussex Regiment
22nd January 1917
Thanking you very much for the kindness shewn here
4018 Pte. Ernest Marshall Baskerville (29)
14th Machine Gun Corps 9th Aug. 1916
Australian soldier injured at Pozieres
D.O.W. 14th October 1917
'as being something out of the ordinary, I have
expressed below (left) in the Fijian language my hearty thanks to
the Sisters for their kindness to me while at the Bevan Military
|335 Pte. George
Clifford 8th Australian Machine Gun Corps
Black as a crow, Black as a rook
But a black eye to the beggar
That steals this book
J. Rennie RCM? 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade
27th March 1917
Dear Sister Crane, Goodbye
you're gentle and you're kind
But that's not why Dear Sister Crane
I say Goodbye
It is because I'm leaving France
against my will, perhaps, a bit
an accident gives me the chance
So I'll avail myself of it.
Leave no little things behind
Like Rudyard's soldiers in S.A.
A higher moral plane is reached
By soldiers of the present day
So I will now, Dear Sister Crane
Shake hands, and say Goodbye again