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Lord Derby War Hospital

The Lord Derby War Hospital was situated on the Winwick Rectory Estate north of Warrington, Lancashire, built as an asylum in 1896, it was used as a military hospital with 2,160 beds during both World Wars. Between 1915 and 1920 over 56,000 wounded soldiers were treated there, and the hospital resumed it's work as an asylum in 1921. The Hospital closed in 1997 having provided care for 100 years and many of the buildings were demolished to make way for new housing.

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List of those who served at The Lord Derby War Hospital during The Great War

List of those who were treated at The Lord Derby War Hospital during The Great War

Pte. Charles Victor " " Rowen 1/22nd Battalion London Regiment (d.21st Dec 1920)

Charles Rowen was the brother of John George, Walter and James Edmund Rowen all of whom served in WW1

Charles enlisted 24th Feb 1916 and was enrolled 2nd August 1916 in the 1/22nd Battalion London Regiment. On the 3rd Dec 1916 he embarked from Southampton and disembarked Le Havre on 4th December 1916

He was wounded in his left eye at Ypres 30th August 1917 and after treatment was discharged to Duty 8th Sept 1917. On 13th December 1917 Charles as gassed by shell and was admitted to 12th General Hospital in Rouen on 20th Dec 1917. Folllowing treatment he was sent to Base Medical Board on 1st Feb 1918 and to Comp B Depot (1311) 6th Feb 1918

On the 18th Feb 1918 Charles joined 50th P.O.W Labour Battalion for Duty at Les Sants. He was transferred to P. of War Company 15th July 1918, and retained his infantry pay for Benefit of Service and was allotted a new number, 564875. Charles went on leave from 22nd July to 9th August 1918 and on 25th August deducted one days pay due to being absent from 9.30 p.m to 7.15a.m. on 26th August 1918. He had leave in the UK 8th Feb 1919 to 22nd Feb 1919.

On the 5th April 1919 he was admitted to No 12 Stationary Hospital at Abbeyville and invalided home on the A.T Brighton due to Rheumatism. LCCO Posted 6th April. Between 6th April and 6th May 1919 he was treated at Nell Lane Military Hospital, in Didsbury then being transferred to the Lord Derby War Hospital in Didsbury for mental observations, he was there until 30th May 1919 when he was transferred to the County of Middlesex War Hospital, Napsbury, St Albans. Records state "Somewhat Dull in appearance when admitrted but cheerfuland rational. Hearing slightly impaired. Much improved. Recommended PU"

Charles was discharged from the Army on 3rd July 1919 due to Mental Instability due to Active Service. He died 21st Dec 1920 and is commemorated on the War Grave Panel in Streatham Cemetery.

Pte. Harold West Furniss 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment

Harold Furniss enlisted 7/9/14 at Northampton, and joined 6th Northamptonshire Regiment as a private, he trained on Salisbury Plain to May 1915. He landed in France 26/07/15, and was posted near Le Cateau. Harold was wounded in the field on 4/07/16, and sent back to England on 17/07/16, where he was admitted to the Lord Derby War Hospital until 22/07/16 for a neck injury. He was posted to France 28/09/16 and rejoined his Battalion 10/10/16. He transferred on 1/03/17 to the Royal Engineers as a Pioneer (Roads and Quarries). Harold survived the war and returned home via Purfleet on 28/01/19, and transferred to army reserve on demobilization on 25/02/19.

Pte. James Parry 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment (d.1st March 1919)

My Grandmother never knew but always loved her Uncle Jimmy who died aged 21 due to the effects of mustard gas. His parents were Joseph and Elizabeth Parry who were Welsh miners that had moved to Bryn, Ashton in Makerfield when the mines opened. Jimmy was injured and was cared for at the Lord Derby War Hospital in Winwick, Warrington, England. He is buried at St Thomas' Churchyard in his home town of Ashton. We have no photo's of him or the other family members who died in the service of our country. But his memory is lovingly kept in the memory of his descendants through the love of a niece who he never met.

Pte. Joseph Cecil Warren 3rd Battn Kings Own Scottish Borderers

Joseph Warren's war record shows he was with the BEF, being sent to France 15.6.1916. He was wounded 29.9.1915 and sent to Lord Derby Hospital Warrington. Joseph returned to the front and was again wounded (gassed) on the 28th of June 1916 and evacuated from France via Etaples (Le Torquet) via 24th General Hospital on the 1st of July 1916.

Pte. Thomas James Dale 8th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment (d.20th April 1919)

Thomas Dale was my great uncle, youngest brother to my grandfather Oswald Dale, also of the N Staffords. After receiving a GSW face neck and chest at Loos on 3.10.1915 Thomas recovered in Chatham. After 2 more returns to action he was finally invalided to UK on 6 Aug 1918, first to Chatham, then Brighton, Cambridge East Preston and finally Lord Derby in Nov 1918.

Thomas was a classic case of melancholia, depression, suicidal, paranoia etc, all ultimately related to shell shock. After numerous treatments, he succumbed to vision defects, cranial pressure, delusional attitude, etc there are 14 pages of medical notes. Thomas cut his own throat with razor in a suicide attempt. Although many tests were completed, with differing results, serum blood tests negative then positive, a period of eye vein enlargement occurred, plus other symptoms, including numerous severe fits and he died at 10.40pm on 20th April 1919. Although a case of classic shell shock can be ascertained, it seems that he may have actually been the victim of a brain tumour (meningeal tumour) or meningitis, the quick onset of symptoms suggest the latter. Spanish flu is not suspected.

But I cannot fined where he is buried. His medical records were transferred to Chester some time ago, but Stoke and Warrington cemetery have no record and the CWGC does not commemorate him. I would like to rectify this in respect of his harrowing tale which is typical of so many thousand others.

Pte. Herbert Boyd 16th Battalion Manchester Regiment

On 26th March 1915, Herbert Boyd attested and was posted to the 16th Battalion, he served through out the Great War as follows:

  • 30 August 1915, posted to the 25th Reserve Battalion
  • 23 December 1915 Disembarked in France
  • 6 July 1916 Admitted to the Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington.
  • 29 July 1916 granted convalescent leave to 7 August 1916. Spent this leave at 24 Queens Street, Broughton.
  • 1 September 1916 posted to 69th Training Battalion.
  • 19 September 1917 returned to France
  • 24 September 1917 posted to 21st Battalion
  • 19 January 1919 Sent to Italy (21st Battalion) Home address: 24 Ellor Street, Salford.
  • 28 February 1919 Posted to the Depot.
  • 4 June 1919 Posted to the 2nd Battalion
  • 23 June 1919 Appointed Lance Corporal paid.
  • January 1920 Appointed Acting Corporal
  • 21 January 1920 posted to 1st Battalion as Acting Corporal
  • 11 February 1920 Discharged as no longer fit for further service.
  • 23 April 1920 Awarded a King's Certificate (No.63/3438)

  • Staff Nurse. Edith Standen

    Staff Nurse Edith Standen was my Paternal Grandmother and served at Lord Derby War Hospital between 1 July 1915 and 1 July 1916 in the Queen Alexandria Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserves (QAIMNSR). She was educated at Denmark College, Denmark Hill, Wimbledon and was trained at Wandsworth Infirmary, St Johns Hill, New Wandsworth between 11 November 1911 and 24 July 1914, passing her finals on 8 April 1914. She moved to Victoria Infirmary as a Staff Nurse until 1 June 1915 where she joined QAIMNS(R) and served a year at Lord Derby War Hospital.

    Pte. Edward Dean

    My father Edward Dean was wounded during WW1 and spent some time in the Lord Derby Military Hospital at Winwick nr Warrington. I do not have any further info but would be interested in Winwick records.

    Robert Henry Hudson Royal Army Medical Corps

    My father, Robert Henry Hudson, served at the Lord Derby Hospital during WW1. I have in my possession a carved wooden plaque of a kingfisher, which was purchased from a patient. Woodworking was part of the therapy. There should be also in my extended family a carved wooden table which came from the same source.


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