1914-1918: Home Hospitals, within 20 mile radius of Colchester

A web-based project by Heather A. Johnson

Temporary Home Auxiliary Hospitals were set up when the First World War began, in readiness for wounded men arriving from ‘the Front’. The buildings were offered free of charge and included such places as schools, town halls, village halls, hotels, convalescence homes, all manner of private residences and wards set aside in civilian hospitals.

Ipswich hospitals covered include: ‘Broad Oke’, No. 7 Burlington Road; Broadwater Auxiliary Hospital, Belstead Road; Gippeswyk Red Cross (Isolation) Hospital; Heathfield Auxiliary Hospital, Heath Road; East Suffolk & Ipswich General Hospital; Ipswich Military Hospital, Ranelagh Road; Maryland V.A.D. Convalescent Hospital, Sproughton; Orwell Park Auxiliary Hospital, Nacton; Wherstead Park Hospital, Wherstead; Woolverstone Red Cross Hospital.

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