Presentation by John and Eunice Drewry: Time to Thank Them – the story of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD)

Mon 12 November 2018
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

John Drewry

A Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse in the First World War

John Drewry is patron of The Nursing Memorial Appeal, which is seeking funds for a permanent memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to commemorate all the nurses who died in service during both World Wars, as well as scholarships for today’s student nurses researching or training in the fields of conflict or humanitarian need.

John and Eunice Drewry’s presentation will include a special focus on the extraordinary story of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD). Their presentation, in which Eunice will get into costume as a VAD nurse, will make particular reference to Richmond borough, including details and pictures of all the buildings requisitioned locally as VAD hospitals during the First World War as well as local residents who became VAD nurses.

John and Eunice Drewry are both professional actors. John is also a stage director and was, for many years, Chair and Artistic Director of Beckenham Theatre Centre, an educational and children’s theatre charity. John is also patron of the Nursing Memorial Appeal.

Sonja Curtis, trustee and Secretary of the Nursing Memorial Appeal, will deliver an address at the start of the meeting. There will be a collection after the presentation for voluntary donations to the Appeal.

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