Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Wartime Hospital at Beckett's Park

UPDATE - website for published book Stories from the War Hospital is at

Thanks to all those who have been in touch offering (and requesting) information. We are now realising that a separate website for our project on the 2nd Northern General Hospital at Beckett's Park during the Great War 1914 - 1918 would be a good idea, so one should appear online in the next couple of weeks, if all goes well. The URL will be put on the blog. The original press release  from when we started can be found if you simply scroll down a little.

There are so many names of people who were there, particularly members of the RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps). We are hoping that there are plenty of searchers trawling the web for information on their ancestor, who might have been a nurse, or a wounded soldier, or...  so if we put plenty of names online, along with a few photos, we'll get results.

In the meantime, here are just a couple of photos which might bring results:

1) The cigarette case. An articial limb race so many years before the Paralympics! Do you know anything about either Douglas Longmate or CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant) G W Browning? Below is a photo of an engraved silver cigarette case sent to us by a retired antiques dealer who wants to give it to any descendants we find:

2) The Irish Nurse. The granddaughter of a Red Cross Nurse who served at Beckett's Park between 7 August 1917 and 31 March 1919 sent us this photo from Ireland. It is of Mary (Polly) Dunne. She had two sisters, Kitty and Josephine, all of whom came from a small rural community and trained in England (St Alban's) as nurses. Do you know anything about nurses from Ireland in the Great War generally?

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1 comment:

  1. I am sure, from your posts, that you are very well organised regarding the above project and I would not like you to think that you are the proverbial 'granny' whom I am teaching 'to suck eggs' but receiving an email this morning prompted me to think of the searches you are carrying out.
    In the past I was trying to trace the final resting place of a great uncle of mine who was killed and buried in France- grave unknown.
    I was delighted when I was given the information I required from 'forces records' and since then I have received regular updates of their services.This morning, in similar vein, I was interested to read a request from Leeds City Council, on the forces' latest news website, for information regarding the family of a Ist World War soldier. Apparently a 100 year national roll book belonging to a Sgt. Major A Lake was found in Civic Hall and the council wish to reunite it with relatives of the man.I append below the website link and I apologise if you are already aware of this service but I thought you may be interested.
    I hope your very interesting project is progressing well and I look forward to reading more about it.