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Kirkburton Auxiliary Hospital, Huddersfield

   Kirkburton Auxiliary Hospital was located in the Drill Hall, Shelley Lane, Kirkburton near Huddersfield. It opened on the 29th of November 1914 and provided 35 beds, 23 in the Drill hall and the remainder in tented wards erected in the grounds. 765 patients were treated at the hospital before it closed on the 31st of December 1918. The building later became Kirkburton Surgery and was demolished in 2005, the site now being occupied by a car park.

19th Nov 1915 Nurse Appointed Matron  Miss Gertrude Inglis the the Kirkburton Parish Nurse was appointed as the matron of the Kirkburton Hospital, whilst continuing in her paid role. She was assisted by her sister, Miss Alice Inglis, also a fully qualified nurse, who had previously worked at St Agnes’ Hospital London. Both sisters would work at the hospital until its closure in December 1919. A third sister, Georgina, who lived in Inverness, deputised for both her sisters for holidays and sickness and worked approximately 2½ months each year.

30th Dec 1919 Concert  The closing of the Kirkburton Auxiliary Military Hospital was marked by a concert on Monday, and dinner and social on Tuesday evening. The hospital was opened on November 29th, 1915 with 20 beds, which were increased in 1916 to 23, and has since been increased to 30. Seven hundred and sixty- five patients have been admitted during the period, and comprised 552 surgical cases and 213 medical cases. It has been well staffed by willing voluntary workers. Colonel Marshall, on his last visit, said that the hospital had always admirably conducted.

The excellent concert was given by Mr. Herbert Leeming’s concert party. Madame Beaumont, Miss Constance Wilkinson, and Mr. Charles Haigh contributed excellent items. A social evening was held for all the staff and workers on Tuesday evening. It was preceded by dinner. At the after proceedings in the hall Coun. B. H. Moxon (chairman of the Hospital Committee) presided, and was supported by the vicar, the Rev. W. Outram (secretary).

Presentations were made to the matron (Miss Inglis), who received from the V. A. D.’s a silver travelling clock, and a silver candelabra candlestick from the committee. Miss Inglis, who has acted as sister, was the recipient of two candlesticks from the V. A. D.’s, and a silver candelabra candlestick from the committee. Mrs. Outram (commandant), who has been decorated with the M. B. E., for her services, received a silver photo frame with a suitable inscription. Dr. Thorman (medical officer) was presented by the committee with a silver cigarette case, and a fountain pen by the V. A. D.,s. Miss G. Inglis (the third sister) was given a set of fish knifes from the V. A. D.’s and a handsome handbag from the committee. Mrs. Outram presented the V. A. D.’s and staff with a blue enamelled brooch with a suitable centre and inset with the letters “K. H., 1915-1919.” Miss Inglis who has given her services as matron gratuitously, was eulogised by the chairman and the doctor for her devoted efforts. Dr. Thorman was also thanked for his work. The “boys” left for Royds Hall on Wednesday morning, and at the railway station fog signals heralded their departure.

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