Bacup war hospital to be revived

Staff and patients from Fern Hill Auxiliary Military Hospital, Bacup, which cared for 730 injured soldiers during the course of the First World War

Staff and patients from Fern Hill Auxiliary Military Hospital, Bacup, which cared for 730 injured soldiers during the course of the First World War

First published in North West by , Reporter

A FORMER military hospital which treated hundreds of soldiers during the First World War is to be brought back to life.

Bacup Natural History Society has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a diorama representing a corner of a ward at Fern Hill Auxiliary Military Hospital, housed in Fern Hill House, Stacksteads.

The project, Nursing Heroes: the Fern Hill Story, will explore the history of the now demolished mansion off Newchurch Road, how it became an auxiliary military hospital and the soldiers and nurses who worked and were treated there using storyboards, photographs and soldiers’ own stories.

People will be invited to learn about and research the soldiers who were treated there, the nurses who worked there and see the impact of the war through ‘Meet the Tommy’ and ‘Meet the Nurse’ events.

The first eight patients arrived at the hospital on November 29, 1914, and throughout the war more than 730 men were treated between the joint Fern Hill and Acre Mill Sunday School hospitals, which each had 25 beds.

Injured soldiers came from all countries and regiments.

The hospital closed on February 28, 1919, and 14 ex-patients put their signatures to a letter of appreciation which was sent to the matron and staff.

Wendy Watters, an historian, author and member of the society, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will enable us to bring to life the soldiers and nursing heroes of Fern Hill Auxiliary Military Hospital. It is a very important but little known part of our local Great War history.”

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4:14pm Thu 24 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Wars of yesteryear have not taught us anything. Look around you" the middle east. Iraq. Libya. Yemen. Somalia. Mali. Sudan and others. what is it" that humanity is failing in many parts of the world ?
Wars of yesteryear have not taught us anything. Look around you" the middle east. Iraq. Libya. Yemen. Somalia. Mali. Sudan and others. what is it" that humanity is failing in many parts of the world ? noddy57
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7:13pm Thu 24 Jul 14

phil kernot says...

noddy57 wrote:
Wars of yesteryear have not taught us anything. Look around you" the middle east. Iraq. Libya. Yemen. Somalia. Mali. Sudan and others. what is it" that humanity is failing in many parts of the world ?
Because it's sick twistited politicians that have invested in arms company's And as long as that's allowed to happen there will never be peace it's pure greed nothing else that causes war if it's money or land ,, separatism will be the down fall off man unless we can live side by side ,,, it's like the world on the eve of destruction ,,,,
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Wars of yesteryear have not taught us anything. Look around you" the middle east. Iraq. Libya. Yemen. Somalia. Mali. Sudan and others. what is it" that humanity is failing in many parts of the world ?[/p][/quote]Because it's sick twistited politicians that have invested in arms company's And as long as that's allowed to happen there will never be peace it's pure greed nothing else that causes war if it's money or land ,, separatism will be the down fall off man unless we can live side by side ,,, it's like the world on the eve of destruction ,,,, phil kernot
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