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1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham



   The main hall of the University of Birmingham in Selly Oak, was, in 1909, equipped as a 520-bed hospital in the event of future war. The hospital was complete by the arrival of the first 120 casualties on the 1st of September, 1914. By the spring of 1915 more buildings were converted, adding 1000 more beds, and in 1916 another 570 beds were added. Various annexes and converted schools were added, providing in total beds for 2357 other ranks, and 130 officers.

Auxiliary hospitals attached to the 1st Southern General were:

  • Uffculm (200 beds and a limb-fitting centre)
  • Moor Green Hall Hospital (1914 with 63 beds)
  • Moor Green House (1917 for officers)
  • Hill Crest in Edgbaston (1914 operated by VAD and St John's Ambulance with 25 beds.)
  • The Norlands Hospital (British Red Cross, 1915, 60 beds)
  • Lordswood Hospital, Harborne (VAD, 1915, 70 beds)
  • Highbury (May 1915, 140 beds)
  • Beeches Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital (December 1915, from 1918 concentrated on facial injuries had 46 beds)
  • Allerton
  • The Hollies
  • Stonleigh (VAD 1916, 62 beds)
  • Stapylton House (an annexe to Harborn Hall 1917, 35 beds.)
  • Farcroft (VAD 1917, 74 beds)
  • Mayfield (1918)
  • Monyhull Section (18-casualty neurological unit.)


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1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham

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Lt. Charles Pease Chapman 2nd Btn.

Charles Chapman was born on Norfolk Island (even though his records show Dubbo, NSW) on 11th March 1888. His parents were John Joyce Chapman and Elizabeth Isabella (nee Taylor). He went to Australia to be a school teacher and was in Dubbo, teaching when the call came to support the country.

He joined the AIF. His rank rose from private to lance corporal, then 2nd lieutenant in 1916, lieutenant in 1916 and captain in 1920. He enlisted on 28th August 1914 at Randwick NSW Australia and he served in the following units: B Company, 2nd AIF from 28th August 1914 to 19th January 1916. The 2nd battalion was part of the 1st brigade, 1st division. He was then in the 5th battalion South Staffordshire Regiment from 19th January 1916 to 1st April 1920. Charles fought at Gallopoli and wounded there with a bomb (bullet) wound to the eye. He was taken to Malta on the Dunluce Castle to St George Hospital. He also had enteric fever. From Malta he was sent to England on the SS Huntsend to the No 1 Southern General Hospital, Birmingham.

In 1918, he was sent to France and admitted with neurasthenia to a clearing station in April. His was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After the war he started a preparatory school in Kilara NSW with his wife Evelyn (nee Grummitt) who he had met and married in England.

Linda Chapman




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Staff Nurse Kate Selwood Selvey

My great aunt Kate Selwood Selvey (born 29th June 1889 in Portishead, Somerset, England) worked during the Great War as a Nurse in the Territorial Force Nursing Service in several hospitals including the 1st Southern Hospital.

Ward in the 1st Southern Hospital in 1914

Stephanie Joan Selwood Keenan




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Sister Dorothy Jones RRC.

Sister Dorothy Jones served in France, and returned as theatre sister at 1st Southern General Hospital Birmingham. She later became Matron of St Chads in Birmingham and died at Budleigh Salterton, Devon in 1960, I have the ARRC and RRC and a photograph taken in 1931. I wonder if anyone has any information regarding Dorothy Jones?

Brian Hunter




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Pte. James Amos Smith 11th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment (d.6th Nov 1917)

James Smith is my great grandfather. I know he was one of a band called `Lowther's Lambs`. He was mortally wounded possibly with head injuries at the Second Battle of Paschendale, shipped back to the UK and died in Southern General Hospital, Birmingham.

Christopher Nice




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Pte. James William Bucknall 33rd Btn.

James Bucknall was a 26 year old Fireman when he enlisted. He was wounded at the Battle of Messines on the 7th June 1917. He was evacuated to England and admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham on the 14th June suffering from gun shot wounds to his face and chest. He was discharged from the army due to his injuries and returned to his wife Jessie, in Australia onboard HMAT Persic in February 1918. James died in 1949.





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