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Manor House Hospital

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Those known to have worked or been treated at

Manor House Hospital

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Excelby Albert Hugill. Pte
  • Forbes Nina. VAD
  • Gjers Ann Gatenby. Commandant.
  • Gjers Olga. VAD
  • Grainger Rachel Crosby. Sister.

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Pte Albert Hugill Excelby 5th Btn. Border Regiment

Albert Hugill Exelby, was one of four sons of George Exelby and Elizabeth Hurworth who served in the Great War: William (b 26/3/1894), George junior (31/3/1895), Joseph (20/4/1896) and Albert (22/5/1897). They also had two daughters, Mary (b 16/4/1899) and Jane (b 26/3/1901

Albert joined the Territorials on 1st April, 1914 giving his age as 17 years, though he was only 16. His medical examination records him as 5 foot 10 and a half with a 36" chest, good physical development and good vision. He spent two years in the 4th Yorkshire (Reserve) Battalion, before being transferred to the 3rd Border Regiment on 4th July, 1916, and was sent to France on 12th July. Two days later he was transferred to the 5th Battalion. On 19th September 1916, Albert received a gunshot wound to his left arm and was sent back to England, Albert was for a time a patient in the VAD hospital in Stokesley Manor House. He returned to his unit in France in December and was wounded on three further occasions, April 1917, October 1917 and May, 1918. He was officially demobed in February 1919, aged 21 and received an enhancement of 20% to his pension due to disability caused by a gunshot wound to the left thigh giving him a pension of 8 shillings and threepence per week.

Albert married Eliza Hindmarsh, nee Green in August 1922. Eliza had two daughters from a previous marriage and she and Albert had two more: Beatrice in 1923 and Margaret in 1929. Albert Exelby died in Middlesbrough in 1950.



Commandant. Ann Gatenby Gjers

Ann Gjers was the wife of Lawrence Gjers, JP for Middlesbrough and the North Riding of Yorkshire, Colonel and Commandant of the North Riding National Reserve. Her father Issac Fidler was an alderman in Middlesbrough and had laid the foundation stone of Middlesbrough’s new town hall on 24th October 1883 when he was Mayor. was Vice President of the North Riding branch of the British Red Cross Society and Commandant of the Red Cross Hospital, set up at the Manor House in Stokesley, where she worked alongside her daughter Olga. She later was awarded the OBE. Her son Lawrence was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme.


VAD Nina Forbes Yorks 42

Nina Forbes was brought up at Springfield Villas in Stokesley, North Yorkshire and worked as a governess. During the Great War she worked as a VAD at The Manor House Hospital in Stokesly. after the war she worked as a musician and lived until 1958. Her two younger brothers lost their lives, Alec died at Ginchy on the Somme whilst serving as a Captain with the Warwickshire Regiment William died from wounds in September 1918 whilst serving as a Major with the Royal Garrison Artillery.


VAD Olga Gjers Yorks 42

Olga Gjers, born in 1895, lived at Busby Hall, a country house near Stokesley and was the daughter of Mrs Ann Gjers, Vice President of the North Riding branch of the British Red Cross Society and also Commandant of the Auxiliary Hospital at The Manor House in Stokesley, where Olga worked as a member of Yorks 42 Voluntary Aid Detachment. Her father Lawrence was JP for Middlesbrough and the North Riding of Yorkshire, Colonel and Commandant of the North Riding National Reserve, a member of the Iron and Steel Institute, and Vice President of the Cleveland Institute of Engineers. Her brother also named Lawrence served with the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders and lost his life at Passchendaele.

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