The Auxiliary Hospitals.

During the First World War, over 3000 Auxiliary Hospitals were opened by the Red Cross. Their role was largely to provide convalescent facilities to wounded soldiers returning from Europe. They were staffed by a commandant, a quartermaster, a matron and trained members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. In addition many local people offered part time voluntary work. There were a number of auxiliary hospitals locally: Frith Knoll Red Cross Hospital, Chapel-en-le-Frith; Red Crosss VAD New Mills; The Beeches, New Mills which stands high above the road junction at Newtown; Albert House, just through the lights at Newtown on the left hand side;  Harewood, Disley and a number in Buxton.

Many of the photographs and other memorabilia which we have illustrated below are from Les Footitt's collection.  If readers can help in identifying any of the pictures, please contact us, it will be much appreciated.

1 comment:

  1. I don't recognise the backdrop to photo 3, so I am not sure if this is Harewood. However photo 11 does look like Harewood in the background. Photograph 2 is taken in the drawing room. The curtain in the background of this photo used to be a window but during this period it was taken out an a doorway formed onto a new veranda where the patients could go outside to enjoy the sun.

    I have a couple more photo's of Harewood during this period, please let me know how I can get them to you. In addition I would welcome any information on this house.

    Chris Robinson, Harewood, Red Lane, Disley.