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Endell Street Military Hospital


History of the Endell Street Military Hospital in London:


The five storeys high Endell Street Military Hospital was set up in a former St Giles Union Workhouse in London during the Great War. It was used by the Metropolitan Asylums Board to house destitute enemy aliens and then refugees from the Continent. Sir Keogh, Director General of British Army Medical Services asked Dr Louisa Garrett Anderson (doctor in charge) and Dr Flora Murray (chief surgeon) of the Women's Hospital Corps to operate it.

Refurbishments included installing electric lighting, removing the padded cells and furniture with restraints, building external lifts to carry stretchers and installing modern bathrooms and kitchens. New additions included operating theatres and X-ray departments.

Endell Street Military Hospital opened in May 1915 with 15 doctors, 36 nurses and 8 orderlies - unusually all were women. There were originally 520 beds which were later increased to 573. By 1919 this increased to 800 with three auxiliary hospitals attached (cited in Medical Services in the First World War by Susan Cohen. The 17 wards were named after female saints and holy women, eg Genevieve, and Onoria.



The Drummer Boy The Drummer Boy continues the adventures of QARANC nurse, Scott Grey, who has the special gift of seeing military ghosts. In this novel he is haunted by the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo. It is based on the legends of the Tidworth Military Hospital Drummer Boy.


Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War where I describe battlefield medical care of this era.


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Many patients arrived by ambulance train. We do not think QAs served there however Queen Alexandra visited in January 1917. and the Commanding Officers were sent to the Royal Army Medical College at Millbank to learn how to run a military hospital.
It closed in December 1919, over 24.000 were treated. It is now a housing complex.

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