First World War autograph book on display at Penarth Library

An exhibition based on an autograph book created by a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse from WW1, is on show at Penarth library.

The book was created by Beatrice Jones, a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse in St, John Auxiliary Hospital, Penarth in 1916.

The VAD system was founded in 1909, and by the summer of 1914 there were over 2,500 Voluntary Aid Detachments in Britain.

Beatrice worked as a nurse in the hospital from July 1916 to April 1919, along with her mother, Annie Jones.

Beatrice’s son, Philip Berry, brought the book to a Vale Libraries ‘Digital Heritage Day’, on behalf of his mother.

A volunteer with the Vale Libraries Digitisation Project, Carys Jones, has researched a number of the soldiers who wrote in Beatrice’s book, and their stories are included in the exhibition.

It includes photographs, signatures, ranks and information of convalescing soldiers who stayed at Penarth hospital.

The autograph book will be on display at Penarth library until Wednesday 2 January.

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