Lady Paget photo album awarded to Archives of Serbia.

December 28, 2015

 

Serbian Daily Politika reports on a unique photo album which contains 98 photos taken from the First World War, which have until now been unknown to the public. The photos were shot on the war-torn territory of the Kingdom of Serbia and on the battle fronts of the Serbian army.

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(Photo: Archives of Serbia)

Writer and journalist Nataša Marković presented the album to Dr. Miroslav Perisic, the director of the Archives of Serbia. Nataša Marković is the author of Ledi Pedžet i njeni Srbi (Lady Paget and her Serbs) which was published to mark the centenary of the First World War.

I also received the photo album when I promoted the book in Warren House in London, a magnificent Victorian house that once belonged to Lady Paget. So the book did not contain those photos”, said Nataša Marković.

Warren House, the ancestral home of Lady Paget

The Archives of Serbia received this precious photo album through the mediation of historian Dejan Ristic, an expert on books about Lady Paget, who explained that the album may be small in format but that its historical value was exceptional.

Album Ledi Pedzet Ahiv Srbije

(Photo: Archives of Serbia)

“Lady Paget was a great humanitarian, a remarkable woman, an admirer of the Serbs. Her wish was one day to take photos when returning to the homeland. The only place where this album could be kept would be the Archives of Serbia”, said Dejan Ristic.

Dr Miroslav Perisic expressed his gratitude for the valuable gifts and announced that in the coming days archivists would work on detailing descriptions of the album content. Lady Paget was an English noblewoman who was remembered by her humanitarian work in Serbia during the Balkan and the First World War. The first time she came to Serbia in 1910 as the wife of British ambassador in Belgrade Ralph Paget. Her humanitarian work was already in effect during the First Balkan War, when they established a military hospital in Belgrade where she worked as a nurse.

The outbreak of World War II found Lady Paget in London, whereupon she moved to Skopje, where she worked diligently to care for the wounded and the sick, so much so that she herself ill with typhus. After the withdrawal of Serbian army across Albania, she decided to stay at the hospital in Skopje treating heavy casualties, up to 1916, when she was transferred back to the UK.

Many thanks to Britić for this article.  Although not a member of the SWH, she worked alongside many of the SWH units in Serbia. She was a remarkable lady and without question a key figure in Serbian ww1 history.

 

Lady Paget is fondly remembered at St Sava’s Church in London.

Read more in Politika – click here.