KING GEORGE & QUEEN MARY WELCOME AMERICAN SURGEONS & NURSES
London, U.K. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, May 23, 1917, King George and Queen Mary of Great Britain, along with the Prince of Wales and Princess Mary, welcomed surgeons and nurses of the first detachment from the United States Army.
The medical detachment will work with our British allies on the Western Front in France. The Chicago Daily Tribune described the event as "a landmark in American history as the first of its kind to occur within the walls of Buckingham Palace."
The detachment included 25 surgeons under Major Harry L. Gilchrist* and 75 nurses all from the Cleveland, Ohio area.
King George said...
"We deeply appreciate this prompt and generous response to our needs. It is characteristic of the humanity and chivalry which have ever been evidenced by the American nation."
*Harry L. Gilchrist (1870-1943) joined the Army Medical Corps in 1900 & rose to the rank of Major General. HLG served in the Philippines, Central America & Cuba. He worked in the Army's Chemical Warfare Service from 1917-1934.
"George Extends Real Welcome To Americans", The Chicago Daily Tribune, May 24, 1917.
"Gilchrist, H.L.," Social Networks and Archival Context, www.socialarchive.iuth.virginia.edu/