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The 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle
The 1st (or Northumbrian) Northern General Hospital appears in the Army List in July 1909 as part of 50 Northumberland Division. When war broke out in August 1914, the First Northern General Hospital was mobilised with the rest of the Territorial General Hospitals. The original provision was for 540 beds, but by 1917 this had risen to 2166 and the unit took over Armstrong College, Durham University, the Newcastle Workhouse Infirmary (now Newcastle General Hospital) and a private house to serve as hospital accommodation.
Territorial Army General Hospitals date from the formation of the Territorial Force in 1908. Each hospital was allocated a small complement of Officers with normal Territorial obligations and a larger complement made up of Officers who undertook to make themselves available for hospital duty on mobilisation.
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List of those who served at the 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle during The Great War
List of those who were treated at the 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle during The Great War
Pte. James Arthur Agnew 56th Battalion
Sixteen year old Australian soldier, 3006 Private James Arthur Agnew, was wounded in action near Wimeraux, France 20 July 1916. On 22 July 1916 he was evacuated on Hospital Ship Jan Breydel through Boulogne and taken to England. He was admitted to 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcasle on 23 July 1916 for treatment and recovery. He later returned to his unit in France.H. Bateup
Pte George William Barnes 4th Hussars
George William Barnes served in 8th Hussars, 1907-1914. Recalled from the Reserve in 1914, he enlisted in 4th Hussars and served with the BEF in France/Flanders. He was wounded at Wulverghem in November 1914 and treated in "Armstrong College Hospital" (1st Northern General Hospital), Newcastle upon Tyne. There is no information on the time spent in hospital, but he transferred to 14th Hussars in 1915 and was posted to Mesopotamia in 1916, where he served for the rest of the war. He was already demobilised when he was subject to a medical examination in Baghdad in 1919. He may have wished to remain in the service, like his brother, but was "no longer fit for service", due to a "disability attributable to and aggravated by service in the present war". The disability was not caused by his injury at Wulverghem in 1914, but "the improper setting of a broken foot", the result of his horse falling on him during exercises at the Curragh Camp, Ireland, in February 1915, when he was treated at the Curragh Military Hospital. There is still some confusion about his early service - he did enlist in 8th Hussars in April 1907 (aged 15 years), but, according to records found so far, he was discharged one month later, having lied about his age (given as 19 years). He obviously re-enlisted, as his later medical record states that he was posted for duty in July 1907 at Belfast. His older brother, Arthur John Barnes, served in the 4th Hussars 1907-1914 and in 8th Hussars, 1914-1928. His cousin, Herbert Edward Kerley Barnes, served in 8th and 4th Hussars from 1909. He died, while still in service, in February 1919 - the cause of death is unknown and he was buried at home, but his death is listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.P Talbot (nee Barnes)
Pte. Cecil Nicholas 7th Btn.
I have been doing some research into men from the Korumburra area, Victoria, Australia, and in the course of that research have been in discussion with a lady whose grandfather, Cecil Nicholas, spent time in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, recuperating from wounds received in France. This lady has a photo of a building in which her grandfather spent time. The note on the photo, only recently deciphered, we think is 'Prudhoe, Newcastle-upon-Tyne'. This recent discovery, that of knowing that this man spent time at Newcastle-upon-Tyne is timely as the lady I have been in discussion with is to travel to England in April/May this year. We've found on his papers a note that confirms that he was at the Northern Hospital at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She would love to be able to discover more of where her grandfather spent time recuperating, so if you are able please to help us with anything that would help us to locate the building that would be wonderful. It might be that you would like a copy of the photo which we can easily provide, and my friend would, I know, be happy to tell you more of her grandfather.Janet Wilson
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