Collection: Charles G Strachan Collection Photographs
Photograph album compiled by Captain Charles G Strachan covering his service and also that of his brother, Frederick, J Strachan, with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) during the First World War. The majority of photographs cover Charles Strachan's service with the 2/1 Northumbrian Field Ambulance including scenes relating to training at Blaydon in 1915, a formal group photograph of 'B' Section at Aldershot in August 1916 (prior to their embarking for Salonika) and various photographs taken at Stavros on the Gulf of Rendina in Greece dating from January 1917 onwards. Charles Strachan's subsequent service with 82nd Field Ambulance in Salonika from late 1917 and in the Caucasus during 1919 is also well covered.
Amongst the Salonika Campaign photographs are a number showing the layout of the Field Ambulance camp at Stavros; two showing the location of a first aid post set up for 2nd Battalion, Cameron Highlanders near the Vardar River in August 1918; exterior and interior of dugout at Orliak in the Struma Valley occupied by Strachan; a view of Mekes village; houses used by 82nd Field Ambulance as billet and hospital at Dimitric in the Struma Valley; loading stretcher cases onto motor lighters at Stavros for transfer to hospital ships; motor ambulances at Stavros and off duty scenes at the same location. There is also a nice group photograph of Charles Strachan and two other officers taken in Salonika during September 1917 after all three had been to the Change of Air Camp at Karaburun, in Strachan's case he was recovering from sand-fly fever. Informal portraits of a number of named officers are also in the album: Major Braddon, Brown, Denham, Hollis, Mumford, Richards, Robertson, Robson, Smith, Torrance, Turner, Warnock.
The photographs from Charles Strachan's time in the Caucasus cover street scenes, buildings and local people in Tiflis and at Batoum. From the latter location are also photographs covering the medical facilities set up by 82nd Field Ambulance. There are also landscape photographs of the Choruk Valley and Adjarliskadi. Also group photographs of personnel of 82nd Field Ambulance and of soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry manning a post at Ardanooch. From the end of Strachan's involvement in the Russian Intervention is a photograph showing a motor ambulance being winched on board the transport ship HUNTSCASTLE. There are also photographs taken in and around Constantinople during November 1919 on Strachan's return from southern Russia.
Photographs relating to Frederick Strachan include portraits taken at Arras in March 1916, including one of him wearing an anti-gas helmet; three group photographs showing personnel at a RAMC facility in France including medical officers, nurses, RAMC orderlies and German prisoners of war serving as orderlies, mess waiters and officers' batmen and one of Frederick Strachan with a French messenger dog called 'Coffin'.
Also included in the collection are a small number of photographs relating to Charles Strachan's subsequent medical career at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, including five relating to a Royal visit to the hospital by King George V and Queen Mary in 1920. A press cutting covering the funeral of Captain Philip Austin Kirkup of the Royal Flying Corps at Sunderland Cemetery is also part of the collection. Kirkup was killed in a flying accident.
Brown cloth covered photograph album with picture of Notre Dame Cathedral and the title 'War Pictures' on the front cover. Album pages are laced into the album using twisted red, white and blue cord. Front cover is partially detached along its join to spine of album. Photographic prints are glued to album pages and most photographs have captions handwritten in ink on the album page.