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The 2nd Northern General Hospital, Leeds

The 2nd Northern General Hospital was situated at Beckett's Park Hospital in Leeds, Yorkshire. The teacher training college at Beckett's Park, Leeds was built in 1913. During the First World War it was converted to a military hospital. It was officially called the 2nd Northern General Hospital but was more commonly referred to as Beckett's Park Hospital. There were 60 Officer beds, 2039 Other Ranks beds and the hospital treated 57,200 soldiers between 1914 and 1918. The hospital was gradually returned to educational use until WW2 when it was used to treat the Dunkirk wounded.

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  • The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website

    This website has been running for 18 years and receives in excess of a million hits per month. The website and our group will continue long after the 2014-18 events are over. We hope that people will continue to support us by submitting material and stories in addition to submitting to the new websites set up for the anniversary.

  • We are looking for volunteers to help with researching the activities of units of the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Territorial Force, Regular Army, Pals Battalions, Kitchener's New Armies, Voluntary Organisations and the Ships of the Royal Navy. We currently have a huge backlog of stories and historical documents which need to be edited or transcribed for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. For more information please see our page on Volunteering.

Wanted: Digital copies of Group photographs, Scrapbooks, Autograph books, photo albums, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards and ephemera relating to the Great War. If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes. Please get in touch for the postal address, do not sent them to our PO Box as packages are not accepted.

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Did you know? We also have a section on World War Two. and a Timecapsule to preserve stories from other conflicts for future generations.

List of those who served at the 2nd Northern General Hospital, Leeds during The Great War

List of those who were treated at the 2nd Northern General Hospital, Leeds during The Great War

  • Private Thomas Edward Lord Royal Army Medical Corps Read his Story.
  • Pte. Walter James Myers 4th Battalion Read his Story.If you have any names to add to this list, or any recollections or photos of those listed, please get in touch.

Private Thomas Edward Lord Royal Army Medical Corps

My uncle Tom was in France during WW 1, and as a result of shell shock was sent to Beckets Park, Leeds (2nd Northern general Hospital). I am interested to find any records of him. Yhnak you

Janet Beardwood

Surg. H. S. Carter 2nd Northern General Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps

I am trying to gather information about a surgeon called HS Carter, who worked in the 2nd Northern General Hospital, Leeds, during the first world war and submitted a thesis for the degree of MD, to the Leeds University, in 1922. His field of interest was Causalgia.

The original article states "The work has been carried out at the 2nd Northern General Hospital, now the Ministry of Pensions Hospital, Leeds".Do you know whether these were the same? I am conducting research into the history of Causalgia, and would be interested in any information about Mr Carter and the two hospitals mentioned. Thank you Kind regards

S Duttagupta

Pte. Walter James Myers 4th Battalion

My great Uncle, Walter James Myers, was treated at the 2nd Northern General Hospital between 29th July and August 1916 after receiving gun shot wounds at Poziere, France. Any information would help.


Pte. Robert Abbott 5th Btn. East Lancashire Regiment

Robert Abbott was born in 1897, and enlisted, at the age of 18yrs, on 11th December 1915. He gave his trade, on enlistment, as a Cotton Spinner. His father's name was Thomas Abbott and the family home was 4, Ribbleston Place, Preston.

He went to France in March 1917 and was wounded, in the forearm, in September 1918 as a result of which, he spent a period of time in Leeds Hospital.

Stuart Woodcock

Pte. Percival Kinghorn Kindell 14th (London Scottish) Btn. London Regiment

My grandfather Percival Kinghorn Kindell served as a private in the 1st London Scottish in World War 1 and was wounded at Le Sars, France on 5th of October 1916. He was repatriated to England and during his recovery in the 2nd Northern General Hospital in Leeds he completed an embroidered picture which appears to be dedicated to the St John's Voluntary Aid Detachment. The inscription on the back of the embroidered picture states that `on the 2nd anniversary of the above hospital, this picture was put up for auction and sold for 8 pounds 15 shillings being sold and re-sold and finally returned to the worker'. The picture has been in my possession for some time now and is a very precious memento of my family’s history.

Bronwyn Dwane

RSM Nicholas Walsh MC MID 49th Bn. (Alberta) Canadian Infantry (d.24th September 1916)

Regimental Sergeant Major Walsh was 48 when he died and is buried in the south-west part of the Bennettsbridge Catholic Churchyard, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.

Walsh was seriously wounded and evacuated to the 2nd Northern Special Hospital, Leeds where he died on the 24th of September 1916

His brother lived in Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny.

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