Health and Welfare

Staff and patients at Ottershaw Military Hospital SHC ref 6823/15

Staff and patients at Ottershaw Military Hospital
SHC ref 6823/15

Within weeks of the outbreak of war casualties from the front began to flood into the hospitals and convalescent homes hastily set up across Surrey.  The flood did not abate until the armistice four years later.  Many of the wounded had suffered life changing injuries, leaving them permanently disabled or mentally traumatised.  These pages look at the provision that was made for them during the war and in the decades that followed.

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Dora Richards (nee Coombs)

Nurse who married a holder of the Victoria Cross, having nursed him in hospital

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Soldiers Concert at Cranleigh

The soldiers from the Oaklands Hospital gave a concert on new Years Day at the local village hall

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Nursing Sisters

An outline view about hospital matrons and sister by a patient

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Miss Hester Mary GODFREY

Quartermaster at Oatlands Red Cross Hospital, Cranleigh. Voluntary Aid Detachment member (VAD)

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Nurse Phyllis Geen

A newspaper article about Nurse Geen, Ottermead Auxillary Hospital, Ottershaw, Red Cross Society

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Fighting the Flu

The epidemic of Spanish Flu which struck over the autumn and winter of 1918/19 brought fresh misery...

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Surrey's health in numbers

The County Medical Officer of Health prepared a report each year providing a situation report on the...

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Photographing the Fallen

Corporal Ivan Bawtree was a war graves photographer on the Western Front, from 1915-1919, attached...

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Major Howard Graeme Gibson

Major Howard Graeme Gibson, whose death was recorded in the St Andrew's, Oxshott, parish magazine.

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Women in War Hospitals

An outline of a new scheme being inaugurated for women to take the places of men in Military...

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Frederick Brooks

Frederick Brooks, a Stoke D'Abernon man whose wartime experiences were briefly recorded in the St...

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Major Ralph Smith

A brief story about the life of Major Ralph Smith

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1919

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1919 parish magazines of St Mary's, Stoke...

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1918

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1918 parish magazines of St Mary's, Stoke...

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1917

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1917 parish magazines of St Mary's, Stoke...

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1916

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1916 parish magazines of St Mary's, Stoke...

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Long Hill at War

Long Hill Sanatorium and the surrounding area played a part in both World Wars.

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Frank Sparkes

Frank Sparkes was a resident of Wonersh who died in Paris on Christmas Day 1920 at the age of 60....

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1915

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott during the first full year of the conflict, taken from the...

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Harry Beavis

Excerpt from the 'Surrey Comet' about this Surbiton man

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1914.

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, and the outbreak of war, taken from the 1914 Parish...

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Milford - 1915

News about Milford and the war's impact upon the community, taken from the 1915 Parish magazine of...

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Milford - 1914

News about Milford and the outbreak of war, taken from the 1914 Parish magazine of St John's...

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KEEPING A LONELY VIGIL

Reginald Moyse suffered from the results of being buried alive, which sent him to the asylum.

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A Sad Suicide

What the war did to people's minds even before they went abroad

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Indian Soldiers in Britain

From 1914 to 1916 wounded Indian soldiers from the Western Front were brought to Britain for...

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Spanish Flu

Spanish Flu (Infuenza) spread across Surrey from East to West and affected communities in very...

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EM Forster (1879–1970)

E M Forster, author of A Room With a View, served with the Red Cross in Egypt during the First...

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Horace Sydney Thompson

Caterham man who served with the Bedfordshire Regiment, and died of tuberculosis in September 1918.

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Grantly Dick Read

Woking's pioneer of the theory of childbirth whose experience in the First World War affected his...

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Ernest Ralph Cave Moy

Kingston boy who won the Military Medal, and was gassed in 1918.

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Polesden Lacey

National Trust property used as a convalescence home for officers in 1915 and 1916

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Clandon Park War Hospital

The transformation of a large country house in to a First World War hospital

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Hatchlands Park

Current National Trust property that was used as a convalescence home for soldiers.

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Blind Veterans UK

The story of a charity that has been helping ex-Service men and women blinded in action, and...

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Moorlands Hotel, Hindhead

Find out about how the Moorlands Hotel, in Hindhead, became a hospital during the Great War.