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Two photographs have been sent to the Webmaster during the last couple of years which picture the Furzedown Auxiliary Hospital, Grubb Streeet, Limpsfield.

Thanks to Veronika Chambers for sending me a link to her web-site 'Lost Hospitals of London'
www.ezitis.myzen.co.uk/furzedown.html

Here is an extract

“The Furzedown Auxiliary Hospital opened in October1914 under the Aldershot Command. Housed in a former private residence, it had 20 beds and had been equipped by the Surrey/62 Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.). A Comfort Fund for the servicemen was started at the same time.
In 1915 the Hospital was transferred to London Command and was affiliated to Charing Cross Hospital. In lieu of rest and massage, the patients were encourage gradually to do work in the garden and house.
In 1917 the Governors of Charing Cross Hospital decided they could no longer run the auxiliary hospitals at Binefield and Furzedown.
The Hospital closed in November 1917. Some 168 patients had received treatment during the months January - November 1917.
After thorough cleaning the Hospital reopened on 22nd November 1917 with 21 beds. It was affiliated to the Croydon War Hospital.
The Hospital closed in 1918 towards the end of the war, when it was decided that the Croydon War Hospital no longer needed auxiliary beds.”.

One of the readers of this site, Vickie Nealis, has sent in information about a relative who is pictured.  She writes

“I have had a picture in a frame of my grandfather, Albert Jacob Hamilton, of Sale Moor, Cheshire who was invalided out of the trenches in WW1. He died in 1967, my grandmother in 1969.
...My Grandad, Albert Jacob Hamilton, is 4th from left, standing in the back row.  He must have been about 36 then.

I was always led to believe that the  picture I have was taken at Guys Hospital, London. I had no reason to question this  until I took it out of its old frame last weekend and saw it is  actually a postcard, the picture taken by W. Suter, Oxted Studio of a group of men and nurses at Furzdown Auxiliary Hospital, Limpsfield.

At first I thought it was identical to the one on the Limpsfield website (top right) which I just googled, but although the building behind the very similar group is the same, the people are not.

... I would be interested to hear from someone  regarding the Hospital, and also how /where I can check WW1* records to find out when and why my grandfather  came to be at Furzedown and for how long he was there.

Can anyone help with the search I am just beginning, please?”
and
“It would be lovely to put my e-mail on the site to possibly receive more info.  My grandfather's name was Albert Jacob Hamilton, born 18th April 1881 in Manchester.  He lived in Sale Moor, Cheshire, which is 6 miles south of Manchester.  Had a haberdashery shop on Northenden Road which my Gran ran throughout the war while my mother (born 1909) was small. That would have been his address when he joined up.

I was told he was on the "big guns" - "Big Bertha??".  I don't know which regiment, but assume it would be a Lancashire or Cheshire one.

I know he went to Guys hospital and must have been told (or I just assumed) that was where the picture was taken. Until last Sunday.

If you get more info I'd be very pleased to receive it. Vickie Nealis.”

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Questions

    Can you identify any of the people?
    What is the connection between Guy’s Hospital and Furzedown? See the link to London’s Lost Hospitals
    Why would invalided Servicemen be at Furzedown?
    Are there any references on local War Memorials or Parish Records to people or Furzedown?
    Where can Vickie find WW1* records

Vickie Nealis would be pleased to receive and answer any correspondence sent to her at
Vickie Nealis In order to protect her from Spammers her actual e-mail address is not given here but she will receive your message if you click on her name. Remember to cc the Webmaster
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