MR & MRS CLIFTON'S KITCHEN CAR
These photographs show the exterior and interior of
the kitchen car which Mr. and Mrs. Clifton has obtained for relieving wounded
soldiers on the battlefield. Donations were contributed in Lytham and St.Annes.
"I have been working in a kitchen at a. station in. Belgium,
and have been strongly impressed with the necessity of giving food to the sick
and wounded. It almost comforts one, when face to face with their agony, to see
the pleasure that a warm unexpected cup of soup gives the men."
"Those whom I was privileged in helping arrived in open
trains, many of them ill and a great number suffering from frost-bite. When we
have picked up our soldiers, and seen to their wounds as well as may be, we
want to give them soup or cocoa. before having them conveyed to the trains. We
want at least to know that they have started their via dolorosa with something
to sustain them, so we have come back to get a kitchen car."
Mr. and Mrs. Clifton were engaged in similar work in Belgium, and
came back in order to obtain a kitchen car. In her appeal Mrs Clifton
Messrs. Barker, coachbuilders in South Audley
Street, very generously gave a. "kitchen" body, leaving the cost of the chassis and
engine to be. met. The chassis is worth £600, hut cost only £350. The original
chassis was not up to the weight of the body, and a gentleman generously sold
Messrs. Barker this far finer one for the price originally stipulated, in view of
its special object.
Blackpool Times, December 1914