6 General Hospital evacuation

Discussion in 'RAMC' started by Chris legge, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Chris legge

    Chris legge New Member

    Hello all,
    Would someone know whether 6 General Hospital were evacuated under Operation Aerial? My Grandfather ( Sidney Gifford) was an orderly with them at the time. I have the details of the hospital locations in France prior to re grouping in Leeds but also, as I will be visiting the area next year wondered if the actual physical locations of the hospital is known to enable a visit.

    Many thanks

  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hospitals WW2 - Scarlet Finders
    6 British General Hospital
    Dieppe 12/10/39 to 11/39 then to Mesnil-Val; Mesnil-Val 11/39 to 3/40 then to Flocques; Flocques 3/40 to 23/5/40 then to Guerande; Guerande 23/5/40 to 18/6/40 then to UK Leeds; Leeds 18/6/40 to 10/40 then to Luton; Luton 7/10/40 to 1/1/41 then overseas; El Tahag Camp (Egypt) 10/3/41 to 1/42 then to Buseilli; Quassassin (Egypt) 6/42 to 15/12/43 then to U.K.; Llandeilo (Dynevor Castle) 1/44 to 7/44 then overseas; Bayeux 7/44 to 8/44 then to Rouen; Rouen 8/44 to 21/12/44 then to Oestacker; Oestacker (nr. Ghent) 12/44 to 6/45 then to Iserlohn; Iserlohn 6/45 to 31/12/46 (no further War Diary).

    Guerande is very close to Nantes and St Nazaire so I would guess it was evacuated as part of Op Ariel

    The above also suggests there is a Diary for them - where that is held I am not sure

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  3. Chris legge

    Chris legge New Member

    Thank you, will see if I can track down the Diary if available to view
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    I assume Scarlet Finders has summarised the details from this TNA file (guess on my part)

    Location of British General Hospitals | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 222/1568
    Location of British General Hospitals
    Note: Item open from 1972
    Date: 1939-1946
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew

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  5. melvyn sexton

    melvyn sexton New Member

    Hi Chris Legge

    It is some time since you posted your note regarding your Grandfather but hopefully you will pick up this message ok.
    My father was also at 6th General Hospital, while it was based in France at the beginning of the war, and at the same time as your Grandfather, his position was that of Nursing Orderly C11.
    I have some information that may be of interest if you would like to reply.



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