British General Hospitals: Locations

Discussion in 'RAMC' started by Sue Light, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Sue Light

    Sue Light Member

    I've recently transcribed and re-written documents held at The National Archives (WO222/1568) which give the locations of British General Hospitals from 1939-46. The original lists are by place-name, and it's hard to search for specific hospitals, so I've now arranged the 122 hospitals numerically, with their locations and dates. Probably not a high interest item, but hopefully of use to some in the long term. It can be found at:

    British General Hospitals


    Edit 6 February 2015: This page has now been relocated and can be found on the new link above
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Thanks for that Sue.
    In fact we have had a few queries regarding hospital locations.
  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Thanks Sue for sharing this.
    All credit to you for transcribing that and for trying to sort out locations... it looks like a real labour of love.
  4. James Daly

    James Daly Senior Member

    thats brilliant, great work!
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Sue and welcome to the forum !

    Thank you for sharing the info here and well done for doing it, I'm sure people will find the information of use.

  6. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    Cheers Sue, that sort of information is very
    useful, I have a few photos of staff at
    various British Hospitals throughout the

    Thanks again

  7. Pete Keane

    Pete Keane Senior Member

    Excellent piece of work.
  8. 1973mackem

    1973mackem Junior Member

    Do you have any information on 92 British general Hospital in Italy 1944, my dad was treated in there. He was injured much further north and initially treated in a church before being moved south. I have just read your initial attachment on the hospitals and will read it more very soon.
  9. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum. Your list provided another piece of information reguarding my father.

  10. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    Firstly, well done on this long overdue piece of research which I am sure will be of great benefit to future researchers.

    I thought I'd give Sue's site a check out and was pleased to see that it found the 93rd General at Naples, which I personally inspected in March 1944, as my little tale on the BBC site confirms.
    One slight query on which I will have to check up on, I always thought it was the 92nd (and not the 93rd) but I can soon check it out on my Army records)

    (Dave, above, might also be interested ?)

    Here they kept me a day and then sent me packing to the 93rd General Hospital based in Naples.

    Full story here
    BBC - WW2 People's War - Two Weeks in Dock in Naples and Not a Wound to Show for it!

    Best regards


    Just checked my records (see below, entry 17/3/44) and see it was the 93rd :)

    Attached Files:

  11. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Excellent work, Sue - thanks for sharing it with us. I've pinned this so it doesn't get lost.
  12. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    It's me again, with an anomaly for you to kindly sort out for me :)

    When I first replied to you, I was in too much of a hurry to respond to check on my own research but now, in the cold light of day, I remain a tad puzzled.

    It was Dave, mentioning the 92nd General that threw me and I suppose I must have concentrated on the 92nd when first examining the list (see below.)

    92 British General Hospital
    Peebles 5/42 to 7/42 then overseas; Quassassin 9/42 to 11/42 then to Kantara; Kantara (Egypt) 11/42 to 10/43 then to Naples;Naples 10/43 to 6/46.

    93 British General Hospital
    Ormskirk 6/42 to 9/42 then overseas; Shaiba (Iraq) 10/42 to 4/43 then to Tripoli; Tripoli 4/43 to 5/43 then to Sabratin; Sabratin (Tripolitania) 5/43 to 12/43 then to Barletta; Barletta 12/43 to 6/45 then to Charlbury; Charlbury 6/45 to 15/1/46 then disbanded.

    You will notice that the 93rd were at Barletta, miles away from Naples and on the opposite Adriatic coast, North of Bari. When I contracted impetigo, the debilitating illness that necessitated me being shipped to hospital, I had been stationed at Cassino. I was put on a hospital train which moved directly South to Naples and arrived, as I have previously said in the midst of the eruption of Vesuvius.

    My earlier article BBC - WW2 People's War - Two Weeks in Dock in Naples and Not a Wound to Show for it! tells my experience exactly it was and my records show me as being at the 93rd General Hospital (see earlier picture)

    The list however would indicate I was actually at the 92nd.

    Any comments ?

    Many thanks

  13. Sue Light

    Sue Light Member

    Hallo Ron
    I've got to work for a while this morning, and will get back in full later, but I've just had a quick look at the original images, which clearly show the 92nd in Naples, and the 93rd in Barletta. I'll try and get some images of the entries up. So not my fault, and not yours - who can we blame?

    Regards --- Sue
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  14. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Hi Sue !

    So not my fault, and not yours - who can we blame?

    Certainly not you !!!!!!!...................... I belong to the old school that says "Never shoot the messenger!"

    I am extremely grateful for your initial enterprise in setting up this valuable index and I'm sure we will get a simple answer to my query.

    No hurry & best regards

  15. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Apologies to Ron & Sue but I can't help myself.
    No wonder there were mistakes , ...there was a war on y'know.

  16. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    And that was a big bloody help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :) :) :) :) :)
  17. Sue Light

    Sue Light Member

    Hallo again Ron

    The entries for both 92 BGH and 93 BGH look to be fairly accurate, partly because of the way they were recorded in the original. Initially I took the list of place names, and then skittered up and down an Excel sheet, putting in each place-name alongside the appropriate hospital as I came across them. Hopefully, by the end, each hospital was in nice date order, with the place-names carrying on in chain-like fashion. It didn't always happen, but with these two, they ended up pretty ship-shape. Before going to Italy, 92 BGH was in Kantara, and this entry shows that on leaving, its destination was Naples. Then the next entry shows that 92 was one of three hospitals in Naples at some time. The entries for 93 are similar, but of course it ended up in Barletta at the time. So from the originals, these look OK, but it still leaves a problem. If they are correct (and I can't guarantee that - there was a war on apparently :ph34r: ) is it possible that the clerk who wrote out the casualty form got the number wrong?


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  18. Sue Light

    Sue Light Member

    When I'm at The National Archives next, I'll get the 92 BGH unit war diary out and have a look to confirm where they were.

    I don't have any particular information about the hospital - WW2 is outside my usual area, and am rather better on Etaples and Rouen circa 1917 ... I doubt if the unit war diary will add much to individual men, but if you let me know what date you're interested in I can take some images of that time, just for interest.

  19. piaf

    piaf Member

    Well done Sue, congratulations on producing such an excellent data base.
  20. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist

    Many thanks for that, Sue, especially for the ones which I now know to have been in Scotland. B)

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