Hospital at Savenay

Hospital at Savenay

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A pencil and watercolor sketch on paper of a hospital at Savenay, France. This American hospital occupied several permanent buildings and temporary structures during World War I.
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War Department
Smith, J. Andre
France: Pays de la Loire, Savenay
Physical Description
pencil (overall production method/technique)
watercolor (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
sketch with frame: 9 7/8 in x 16 in; 25.0825 cm x 40.64 cm
sketch without frame: 6 3/16 in x 12 3/4 in; 15.71625 cm x 32.385 cm
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War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
World War I
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
World War I Art
Combat Art
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National Museum of American History
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I have a small hand carved plaque that was my grandfathers. He served in the American Army during WW1 I'am trying to understand what this represents. the plaque is carved on what looks like birch wood and reads"PWC 36 SAVENAY",1919 for CORP JOHN C RODGERS There is a black cross on the face as well . On the back is carved O.CESSLER or it could be GESSLER.
I've recently learned that my grandmother's sister, Elizabeth Crump, served as an American Red Cross volunteer at hospital 8 in Savenay during WWI. She wrote letters to loved ones on behalf of soldiers who'd been injured or killed. Then I discovered that another sister, Helen Crump's husband, Elbert "Bert" du Bois Loughran, was also serving there. He was a throat doctor from Kingston, New York. I've wondered if he was there in the capacity of a doctor. Can you tell me if they were serving at the same place as a deliberate move or if that was a coincidence. Is there any way to tell? It's very nice to see this drawing of the hospital where they were.
Hi Patty: My great aunt was at Savenay in 1918-1919. She worked with Elizabeth Crump. She referred to her in a letter home (written on Nov. 28, 1918). Here's the section: "....Another good friend is Miss Crump[22] of the Red Cross, whom I knew when I spent a week here in June. She, also, is somewhat older than I, but is a very splendid person. She has worked so hard that she has almost broken down. She may be obliged to leave soon. One day she asked half of our party to go down to her room in the village to make candy & roast chestnuts. It was raining so we were all glad to get out of the ward for a while. Mary Holton went too & we enjoyed the big open fire & the genial atmosphere. Miss Crump had heard that day that her brother was “reported’’ killed. She still hoped that it was a mistake. He was her favorite brother. She asked me to bring the other half of my boys for another party the next day so that no one would be left out. That next morning she heard that her brother’s death had been confirmed but she begged me to bring the boys down just the same. She asked me not to tell them about her brother. So she made us candy & worked just as hard as she could for the blind boys. Wasn’t that brave & noble of her?" Sounds like a wonderful woman. Best,

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