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The 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton
The 2nd Eastern General Hospital at Brighton occupied a boys' grammar school and several elementary schools. During the war, 233 London, Brighton and South Coast Railway ambulance trains carried 30,070 patients to Brighton. The 2nd Eastern contained 98 Officer beds and 1190 Other Ranks beds.
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List of those who served at The 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton during The Great War
List of those who were treated at The 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton during The Great War
WO1 Walter Charles Maidlow Royal Army Medical Corps.
Sergeant Major Walter Charles Maidlow RAMC, was treated for Chronic Bronchitis at the 2nd Eastern General Hospital in Brighton. Exact date is not known but he was serving as a WO1 RAMC in the 2nd London General Chelsea in December 1916 when he contracted the disease. He was discharged from the Army on 31st March 1919. He had served with the RAMC in India between 1914 and 1916, also serving on three Hospital Ships. The Dunvegan, The Varsova and finally the H.S. Neuralia. I am still writing Walter’s story.Ivor Williams
Grace Pulvertaft Voluntary Aid Detachment
Grace Pulvertaft was born in Dublin of Irish parents. She was educated in London and at the outbreak of the Great war, aged 20, became a nurse by joining the voluntary aid detachment.
She worked first in Croydon General Hospital and was later transferred to the 2nd Eastern General Hospital in Brighton. Throughout her time in these busy hospitals she kept a diary recording her experiences along with contributions from patients and colleagues.The daily round has its lighter moments never far removed from the shadow of a terrible war.
The whole work has been published in a book titled Reminiscenses of a V.A.D. Any profits will be donated to The Red Cross Organisation.Paul R Brunsdon
Sgt. Andrew Foster Royal Field Artillery (d.22nd Oct 1915)
Andrew Foster is my great-grandfather, he served in the Royal Artillery before the Great War. In the photo, the badges on his cap and collar definitely show that he is in the Artillery, left side of the collar the insignia is a hair and an insect. This might denote a particular system in the artillery related with the field. He also has star badges on his right sleeve which indicate that he is in a Volunteer Artillery unit, the star on his lower sleeve denote 5 years efficient service, his rank Sergeant, 3 stripes, his medal might be long service or campaign medal, the volunteer long service medal (20yrs). They were like the TA of their time. The peaked cap he is wearing was adopted by the army c 1905. He is wearing the dress tunic; blue with red collar, which was discontinued around 1914 so the photo dates between 1905 and 1914.
Andrew was born on the 10th of September 1868 and was married to Eliza Jane Henderson. He died 23rd of October 1915 and his death certificate states he was a corporal 2nd/7th Royal Highland Regiment, died Brighton, 2nd Eastern General Hospital.Paul Kay Foster Mackenzie
Spr. Henry Hatch 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company
Henry Hatch was my grandfather. He was From Hartbury, Gloucestershire, Born in 1887. He served 8 years with Gloucester Regiment (anecdotal evidence that served in 4th Battalion Gloucester Regiment, St Helena guarding Boer POW's. Also said to have served in India) From his Attestation paper and war record, he signed up on 22nd October 1914, in London Ontario and joined 18th Battalion CEF and arrived in England 29/4/15 on S.S. Grampian He embarked to France on 18th of September 1915 On the 10th of April 1916 he was attached to 2nd Tunneling Company then on the 30th of June became attached to 1st Tunneling Company. On the 7th of August he returned to 2nd Tunneling Company then on the 3rd of March 1917 he was again attached to 1st Tunneling Company. On the 29th of June 1917 he was admitted to 2nd Eastern General Hospital in Brighton with a slight wound to his right shoulder. On the 8th of August he returned to 1st Tunneling Company. On the 1st of March 1918 he was hospitalised at Epsom suffering from weakness and irregular pains. On the 13th of June 1918 he transferred to C.E.T.D then to 1st C.E.R.B. On the 9th of April 1919 he was demobilized and elected to remain in England.Nick MIddleton
Reminiscences of a V.A.D.
Grace Pulvertaft was born in Dublin of Irish parents. She was educated in London and at the out break of the Great War, aged 20, became a nurse by joining the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Working in busy hospitals in London and Brighton throughout the war, she kept a diary recording her experiences along with contributions from patients and colleagues. The daily round has its lighter moments never far removed from the shadow of a terrible war. 100 years later, edited by her son John Brunsdon, Grace's diaries are presented in this beautiful hard back, full colour book.
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