Every month, we’re dusting off a piece of art from the British Red Cross collection to give it the attention it deserves. This month, we look at a painting that captures an extraordinary retreat from Serbia in the First World War – led by one of the many women who volunteered to give medical support on the frontline.
Just over 100 years ago, Mabel St Clair Stobart was forced to flee her field hospital in Belgrade, Serbia.
Events in the First World War were escalating. Serbia had been invaded – and lives and vital medical equipment were now in danger.
As head of the hospital unit, Mabel Stobart had to lead the sick and wounded, and the nurses, on an 800-mile escape over snow-capped mountains.
Yet most people have not heard her name – or know anything about her incredible life. More