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Postby Sue Harris » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:50 pm

My grandfather fought in the Somme and was badly injured 28 September 1916. Lukily he survived, although with permanent injuries. These injuries resulted in him spending many months in hospital before being discharged from the army 28 July 1917. The family has discovered 3 postcards of Netley Hospital and we believe this may have been the hospital he was treated in when he returned to England. I understand that this was a very large military hospital and held 2,500 beds.
1) Can anyone advise whether there are any existing hospital records which would indicate which patients passed through this hospital either during WW1 or after. It is of course possible that he received follow up treatment after the war.
2) Are there any books giving the history of this hospital during WW1
3) Is anyone aware of any diaries published (either by staff or patients) that relate to Netley Hospital
Hoping someone out there can help me in my research
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Re: Netley Hospital

Postby Sylcec » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:56 am

This bit of info has been taken from The Long Long Trail website:
Royal Victoria Hospital. An existing pre-war military hospital at Netley.
- D Block was used as a specialist military mental hospital with capacity for 3 officers and 121 other ranks.
- Netley also had a 30 bed unit for limbless men domiciled in Hampshire.
- Neurological section also established by early 1915, acting as a clearing hospital for these cases.
- Special Military Surgical Section for orthopaedic cases was also established at Netley.

On searching for Netley Hospital in The National Archives Discovery catalogue I got 18 hits for the period 1900-1924, including some plans of the hospital.
Sorry, doesn't really answer what you are looking for, but a start maybe. You could try posting the query on The Great War Forum.
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Re: Netley Hospital

Postby phsvm » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:34 pm

There was a whole BBC TV programme about Netley on a couple of weeks ago. It was a region thing from South Today. I was cross as the rest of the country got a WW1 programme introduced by Johnny Wilkinson about a sports team who all joined up if I remember correctly.

You may be able to find it somewhere on the BBC website but if not contact BBC South Today and see if they can help you.

One bit was archive footage of a patient supposedly cured of his shell shock. First bit of him was him walking, bent double with two sticks and shaking very badly. Second piece of him was him walking again but this time without sticks, more upright and shaking less. The only problem was that the same group of nurses could be seen standing in exactly the same place and smoke coming out of a chimney and blowing in exactly the same direction in both sets of images.
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Re: Netley Hospital

Postby ugleymark » Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:31 pm

Spike Island by Philip Hoare is a book published in 2001 by Forth Estate. It is about Netley and the history of the hospital but also drifts off into the authors reminisces of growing up in the area a bit too much. My Grandfather spent time there after returning from India in the early 1920s with malaria and I too have several postcards.
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