An article in the Sketch Supplement of 13th March 1918 features notable ladies who have committed themselves to nursing the wounded during the conflict. It includes the Countess of Onslow, who “has given up her home, Clandon Park, as a hospital and herself works there”.
The Honourable Violet Marcia Catherine Warwick Bampfylde, daughter of the 3rd Baron Poltimore, married the 5th Earl of Onslow on 22nd February 1906. He joined the army in 1914 and was mentioned in despatches three times, receiving an OBE and the French Legion of Honour. Their home, Clandon Park, was used as a military hospital from October 1914 until April 1919, the first patients being 101 Belgian evacuees and the final ones sufferers from the Spanish Flu epidemic.