Report of the Stafford House South African Aid Committee. Zulu War, 1879.
Report of the Committee. Report by Surgeon-General J.T.C. Ross, C.I.E. Chief Commissioner. Report by Dr. G. Stoker, Assistant Commissioner. With Appendices.
First and only edition. extremely uncommon, no copies on COPAC, OCLC records a single copy at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The Committee was established following a meeting in 1879 at Stafford House, St. James, the home of the duke of Sutherland, and chaired by the duke himself. The objects of the organization were ‘to furnish trained nurses and hospital comforts and to supplement arrangements for promoting the convalescence of the sick and wounded in South Africa,’ similar to the scheme that had been established for the assistance of troops in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-8. The party that was sent out comprised of Ross and Stoker, Bram Stoker’s brother George, and seven trained nurses, both commissioners give brief accounts of the party’s services in their reports, while a number of testimonials in the appendices attest to the appreciation with which their work was received; “I could not testify too highly to the excellent services rendered by these ladies [Sisters Edith King and Emma Durham] to the sick and wounded officers and men of Her Majesty’s army who were treated at Ladismsith” (Memorandum from Thomas Babington, Senior Medical Officer, Ladysmith).
Octavo (245 180 mm) Original red skiver-backed blue cloth boards, title gilt to the spine and upper board, pale cream surface-paper endpapers. Spine slightly chipped head and tail, boards lightly rubbed, but overall very good.
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