Sue Light, on 22 February 2012 - 03:41 PM, said:
I'm sorry that by not agreeing with your point of view you deem me unhelpful - I only post on here to be helpful, but obviously am failing miserably. I certainly have no 'problem' with the photo - all photos are there to be dissected and discussed. When I first replied in #10 I gave my reasons for my views and some other suggestions which you may have missed. From careful reading of Sheila's posts, it seems to me that she is not aware of the date of the photo nor of exactly where it was taken - that is supposition. And to make the point once again, if Great-aunt Ada was born in the spring/summer of 1902, then there is no possible way that she could have been a member of a VAD in 1914 or 1916. And I'm fully aware of the details of the formation of the VAD detachments, their organisation, administration and the uniform regulations both pre-war and during wartime, also of how very tightly controlled the units were during wartime. What I try very hard to do is to avoid leading people up the garden path with half-correct information which is so often a feature of the forum.
To agree or disagree with a post is not the issue, as with a subject like this, where you only have some information, all anyone can do is offer their theory of what the picture represents.
Based on the information given by the original poster, ie. London, circa 1914, with several females wearing uniforms with red crosses on them, their being VADs seems logical. We all know this is not the usual uniform one would expect for a VAD Detachment, however, who can say exactly what transpired almost 100 years ago.
Hopefully, Sheila will be able to find out if any of her relatives in the photograph went to Belgium or France ?
Also, if we can see more details of the military man in the photograph, that may also help.
In the meantime, all we seem to have is London, circa 1914, which probably is VAD if it is London, or if the relatives went to France or Belgium, then some sort of overseas version of the Red Cross or VAD. Hopefully, we can solve the riddle for Sheila.