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Reading War Hospital



   No 1. Reading War Hospital was situated on Oxford Road, Reading, in the buildings of the Reading Union workhouse which was requisitioned by the War Office on the 1st March 1915 and all the inmates were moved out. Commanded by by Lt Col E A Hanley RAMC and and later by Col W J Maurice RAMC, the hospital was staffed by around 200 RAMC personnel and was also a teaching hospital, training medical personnel who would go on to serve overseas. Beds were provided for 440 other ranks but within three years the number of beds had risen to 3000. An officers' section with 110 beds was created in summer 1916 when one of the blocks was converted. 350 men could be accommodated in the adjacent West End Free Library which was used for lightly wounded and convalescents. An orthopaedic section was formed in October 1917. It became one of the largest military hospitals in the country providing a surgical section, dysentery centre, malaria centre, opthalmic branch and the national centre for pathological research.

By the closure at the end of July 1919 the hospital had received 493 convoys of wounded from France and had treated 39,312 patients including 2,518 officers. After the war, the hospital became Battle Infirmary

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during the Great War 1914-1918.

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