24th Canadian General Hospital

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  1. Sailormannn

    Sailormannn Member

    Hi there. I’m looking for information on the 24th Canadian General Hospital, RCAMC. My father-in-law was there from Dec 44 through Apr 45.

    I looked through the “Official History of the Canadian Medical Serices 1939 – 1945” but couldn’t find more than a few references.

    Where was it located, history, any photos etc?

  2. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    No. 24 Canadian General Hospital was at Horley, Surrey.


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  3. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Last edited: Dec 4, 2018
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    as per your post

    Was he assigned to the No 24 Canadian General Hospital ? or 24th Field Ambulance as stated in the PDF of the Canadian Medical Services

    Quote below

    First, it may be helpful to know that the numbered Canadian General Hospital (CGH) units were armed forces units like any other and were moved around to various locations throughout the war. So when Marston Green first opened it was “No. 1 Canadian General Hospital”, but this unit was relieved by the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital in 1941; other units stationed there were No. 16 CGH (1943) and No. 19 CGH (1944). In case you are interested, the 2-volume official history of the Canadian Medical Services for the years 1939-1945 (along with other Canadian Armed Forces official histories) is available online at the following link: https://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/his/oh-ho/index-eng.asp

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  5. Sailormannn

    Sailormannn Member

    His file shows “No. 24 Canadian General Hospital” where he was hospitalized from Dec 44 through Apr 45. Believe it was located in Horley, Surrey as noted above.
  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    aha he was injured/unwell
    ok thank you
  7. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

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  8. Sailormannn

    Sailormannn Member

    Is this on the site two miles east of Horley on the south side of the road as you enter the village of Smallfield, just before Broadbridge Lane with its western boundary against today’s M23. The area that has been redeveloped has many streets named after Canadian places.

    I reached out to the local historical society at Horley and they advised that the Canadians took over the site in 1941 as the 14th General Canadian Military Hospital and it later changed to the 12th. They didn’t have info recognizing it as the 24th.

    I’m wondering if we have the right place.
  9. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    I'm pretty sure it was at Horley. Besides the books by Canadian army historian, CP Stacy, there is a book by Canadian nurse, Helen Kerr, entitled "Tender Years" which says "During the fourth week of July 1944, we were told that our unit was going to prepare for duty on the continent and that #24 Canadian General Hospital was taking over Horley"

    But what really clinched it was this search on the Library and Archives Canada database:

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  10. Sailormannn

    Sailormannn Member

    Thanks. That is helpful. It is odd the Official History of the Medical Services doesn’t have much on it, but agree the LAC references clinch. Thanks again.
  11. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    See my earlier post.

    The Canadian library site has a number of documents.
    Archives Search - Library and Archives Canada
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