Great War 1914-1918: British Home Hospitals:
within a 20 mile radius of Colchester, Essex, England
This site displays information discovered during research for a project about local Auxiliary Hospitals, which was begun ahead of a WW1 / First World War Centenary exhibition held by ‘Lexden History Group’ in September 2014. Locations include a handful from South Suffolk – which are, also, within the 20 mile radius of Colchester in North Essex.
This is an on-going project and information will be continually added, slowly but surely. Initially, the chapters will be published with only the 2013/14 researched information and, gradually, more discovered volunteers will be added. The chapters already published are examples of what all chapters will hold eventually.
All contributions welcomed. If anyone is interested in one of the Home Hospitals covered but its chapter is not yet added (or it is published but is sparse-looking), please get in touch because much information is held and waiting to be posted.
Linked to this site is one relating to a photograph in the author’s possession entitled ‘Staff, General Military Hospital, Colchester, July 1918’. It is an attempt to share all that has been discovered about the photograph: https://militaryhospitalcolchester1918.wordpress.com/
Many people have helped me with my research and, in return, I am more than happy to help others who wish to use any details as an educational or private resource – this is the purpose of this website … to share. If anyone thinks something is worth copying, I hope I am worthy of being credited. I shall be pleased to help, if asked.
However, please appreciate the fact that some images placed on this website belong to others and are labelled accordingly. Out of respect and legality, permission to use any of these should be sought from the respective individuals or institutions – contact details can be provided.
DEDICATIONS TO NURSES AND VADs AT LOCHNAGAR CRATER
Above: this commemorative seat is located at the Lochnagar Crater at La Boisselle, Somme, France. It has been dedicated to all nurses and VADs who served during the First World War. It holds inscriptions in both English and French [sic]:
“IN MEMORY OF THE NURSES AND VADs OF ALL NATIONS WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR”
“A LA MEMOIRE DES INFIRMIERES ET DES PERSONNELS AUXILIARES VOLONTAIRES DE TOUS PAYS AYANT SERVI”
Lochnagar Crater is a privately owned site – the site is free of charge to visit and is open to visitors throughout the year. The maintenance of the site is carried out by volunteers who give up time and money – solely to promote the significance of the site and educate visitors about it and the First World War in general. Learn more about the site here: http://www.lochnagarcrater.org/index.html
REMEMBERING SUE LIGHT, 1947-2016 : RIP