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Object of the Month: May 2021

1 May 2021

Rosslyn Lodge Auxiliary Military Hospital Album (1916-19)

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In celebration of International Nurses Day, Wednesday 12th May, our Object of the Month is this Rosslyn Lodge Auxiliary Military Hospital (ca. 1916-19) photograph album!

To accommodate the great number of injured soldiers returning from the Front during the First World War, 3,000 auxiliary military hospitals and convalescent homes sprang up across the country. In 1916, Rosslyn Lodge on Lyndhurst Road was lent to the Red Cross by Herbert Hill for use as an auxiliary military hospital. The hospital received mainly bedridden patients, who were encouraged to use the gardens, as illustrated by the pictures in the photo album. It also contains pictures of some of the 2,227 patients treated from 1916-1919, as well as the nurses and staff who cared for them.

Much like the current situation, nurses and other care workers sprung to action in a time of crisis and put the needs of others before their own. On International Nurses Day, we are taking this opportunity to thank our NHS care workers who have made sacrifices and worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic.

Thank you to you all!

Image: Rosslyn Lodge Auxiliary Military Hospital Album (1916-19)