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4th London General Hospital

   The 4th London General Hospital was first established in Lincoln's Inn Fields but moved to Denmark Hill in 1904, to a pavilion hospital of 600 beds, opening in 1909 and completely transferred by 1913. In 1914 Kings College Hospital, became the 4th London General Military Hospital, expanding into Ruskin Park which was across the adjacent railway line, with tents and huts providing accommodation. The hospital was turned back to civilian use in 1919. During the war its complement was 300 Officer beds and 1625 Other Ranks beds.

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Corporal Wilfred Sutcliffe 4th London General Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps

I cannot find out a lot about my grandfather-just snippetts from mymother who is now 87! I know that he met my grandmother Irene May Andreae whilst serving at the 4th London General Hospital. On their marriage cert he states his rank and address also listing that he is a clerk. I understand that units were stationed at the hospitals in order to 'pay off' injured and dead soldiers. My grandfather was deaf so would not have been classed as A1 at his original medical. He lived in Todmorden,Yorks and we believe that his deafness was caused by working in the cotton mills from a young age. He moved to Loughborough,Leics after his discharge and worked for Brush Electrics for many years. I understand that he got this job through his commanding officer. Would love to know who the officer was as it would guide me to which unit grandpa served in. Have tried the RAMC but they have no record and I know that a lot of archives were destroyed during the 2ndWW. My grandmother and her father served as volunteers with the St John Ambulance at 4th London General and have some oof their records supplied by the Red Cross Archives.

Ann Harrison


Lieut James William "Billy" Budd 2/5th Btn. Royal Warwickshire Regt

This is a potted history of my Grandfather, James Budd he was born 22/12/1893 in Finchley. He had a good standard of education and became a qualified dentist. Joined 8th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders October 1914 (Home service training in Bedford. March 1915 Commissioned into 2/5 Royal Warwickshire Regt.

Training in England until May 1916 when landed in France as part of 61st Division which was in the LAVENTIE sector. Trained in the area for the Battle of Fromelles which was due to take place on July 19 1916 and was a feint to draw German troops from reinforcing the Somme sector. War Diary - 1st July 1916 In trenches Moated Grange "Germans opened intense bombardment of our front line and placed a barrage on our post at M Sq.D. They attempted to raid but were driven off. Bombardment ceased 11.30pm. Trenches obliterated for 50 yards and serious damage along whole of line." This damage unfortunately included James "Billy" Budd who was blown up twice - according to the medical records but 3 times according to JWB. On the second occasion he was rendered unconscious and removed from the line when the Bttn went into reserve on 4th July 1916. His friends Lieut Leonard Lamaison and H Truman were killed in the same bombardment along with 21 other ranks, who are all buried together in the Rue-de-Bacquerot No 1 cemetery, Laventie. There is no record of these deaths in the war diary! JWB was unconscious for three weeks and repatriated from Boulogne on 28th July 1916 and admitted to No 4 General Hospital Denmark Hill, suffering from shell shock.The officer who signed the initial admission form at No 4 General hospital was Major Biggs. He was finally pronounced fit on August 22nd 1917 and returned to his unit at Horton Hutments Northumberland.

He served the rest of the war and became ADC to Brig Gen Boyd ending up relinquishing his commission in 1920 when he was serving with 2nd Leicestershire regiment.. JWB suffered throughout his life from the devastating effects of the concussion and although becoming a company director in a pub and catering company NEVER was able to take noise of any sort, including rustling of paper, leaves blowing and doors shutting. His condition worsened with age. He died in 1965. On the day he was finally admitted to hospital in 1964, my grandmother went around the house singing and slamming all the doors. We all wondered what she was going to slam next! JWB always said that he "Left his ears at Neuve Chapelle"!

Robin Keyte

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