War Hospitals

Horton County of London War Hospital, Epsom, c.1916 SHC ref PC58/84

Horton County of London War Hospital, Epsom, c.1916
SHC ref PC58/84

Within days of the outbreak of war, the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey reported that he had received numerous offers of large houses to use as temporary war hospitals and convalescent homes for sick and wounded servicemen. Existing hospitals, or wards within them, were also offered to the War Office and some schools were converted, such as the new County School for Girls in Guildford, which was equipped by the Red Cross as an annexe to the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

The County Council’s two mental asylums, Brookwood Hospital, Woking, and Netherne Hospital, Coulsdon, took in additional mental patients from the Middlesex County Asylum, the West Sussex County Asylum, Chichester, and Oxfordshire County Asylum, Littlemore, as those hospitals were cleared of patients so they could be used as war hospitals.

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2 Responses to “War Hospitals”

  1. Tami Grosset

    Is there anyway of finding out the names of people who worked at Horton hospital during WWI? I believe my great grandfather may have worked at Horton and/or Banstead Hospitals between 1913 and 1933, first as a cook and later as a male nurse. I can’t find any record of him having served in the armed forces during the Great War, and documents certainly have him as working in such roles during that time. He lived in Sutton and Epsom during those times.
    Many thanks for any information you might be able to share.

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