Having previously discussed other voluntary service organizations that provided ambulance and nursing services during WW1 (click here), here’s the story of another British group – The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, familiarly known as the FANY (their personnel are known as ‘FANY’s’). This is an all-female group organized in 1907 which in WW1 provided ambulances and drivers to the Western Front. Although rebuffed by the British Army who considered them amateurs and totally unsuited to war conditions, the astute FANY leadership quickly attached themselves to the Belgian Army instead, before the War Office got around to banning civilians from travelling to the Front. Click on this link to read about the FANY in WW1.
The following virtual programs are scheduled in December on the National WW1 Museum and Memorial website.
12/8 12:00 PM CST Significant Memorials. Matthew Naylor of the Museum and Edwinn Fountain of the Doughboy Foundation discuss the progress on the memorial in Washington DC.
Fearing that anti-war speeches and street pamphlets would undermine the war effort, President Woodrow Wilson and Congress passed two laws, the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918, that criminalized any “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the U.S. government or military, or any speech intended to “incite insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty.” The previous Alien and Sedition Acts passed in 1798 had been mostly repealed or had expired by 1802.
Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia, is fighting a battle to regain the property confiscated during World War II. He has a slight problem because of an ancestor who supported Hitler.
Last Monday night politically-themed graffiti was painted on a wall by the entrance to the National WW1 Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. You can read a local news story by clicking here.
This isn’t the first time the museum walls have been defaced. You can read about the 2019 incident by clicking here.
Pvt. Marcelino Serna, who was living in Colorado when drafted, served in Co. B, 1st Bn., 355th Infantry, along with the 353rd “All Kansas” Infantry, in the 89th “Rolling W” Division.
On September 12th, 1918, fighting in the St. Mihiel Salient, Serna single-handedly took out a German strong point, killing 26 and capturing 24. Later, fighting in the Meuse Argonne, he was severely wounded but survived.