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No 14 Stationary Hospital Wimereux


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Dear Pals,

Does anybody know the exact location where No 14 Stationary Hospital Wimereux is located or once stood.

A friend is visiting this weekend and she is keen to know where her Grandfather was treated after being wounded at Aubers Ridge.

Many thanks,

John.

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John

I'm puzzled over this, as 14 Stationary Hospital was the Isolation Hospital for the Boulogne area, and only took men with infectious diseases. But I looked through your previous posts and saw you had posted a sheet from a service record for a Samuel Edwards - is this the same man? If so, is the entry actually 14 Stationary Hospital, or could it be 14 General Hospital? I can't see it clearly enough to be sure. I do have a location for 14 General if you think it might be that.

Sue

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John

I'm puzzled over this, as 14 Stationary Hospital was the Isolation Hospital for the Boulogne area, and only took men with infectious diseases. But I looked through your previous posts and saw you had posted a sheet from a service record for a Samuel Edwards - is this the same man? If so, is the entry actually 14 Stationary Hospital, or could it be 14 General Hospital? I can't see it clearly enough to be sure. I do have a location for 14 General if you think it might be that.

Sue

Dear Sue,

Your absolutely right, No. 14 General Hospital, Boulogne, is the place we are after, where Samuel was treated.

Don't ask how but somewhere I have got my wires crossed, thanks for spotting the error (doh !!!)

The funny thing is my friends Chris and Genni visit Wimereux all the time and Genni has become very interested in what has been discovered about her Grandfather recently.

Anyway Boulogne, as you know, is only down the road so if you have the location that would be great.

Many thanks,

John.

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John

It was fortunate you asked, as while searching I've found a list of all the Boulogne hospital locations which I didn't realise I had. Anyway, a certain amount of investigation will still be required locally. Almost all the hospitals there were in hotels, and 14 General was split over three different places, all in Wimereux - I assume that they were probably adjacent to each other:

Hotel Splendide

The Casino

Victoria Hotel

14 General was a rather interesting place (to me, anyway!) as it had a large officers' section and the VAD staff there included all the most well-heeled, high profile and well connected women employed by the War Office in France. Any VAD who had a title seemed to be working there, and the daughters of the DGMS Sir Arthur Sloggett, Sir Arthur Stanley of the British Red Cross Society and many other worthies. Not sure if this made the treatment there better or worse :D

Sue

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It was fortunate you asked, as while searching I've found a list of all the Boulogne hospital locations which I didn't realise I had. Anyway, a certain amount of investigation will still be required locally. Almost all the hospitals there were in hotels, and 14 General was split over three different places, all in Wimereux - I assume that they were probably adjacent to each other:

Hotel Splendide

The Casino

Victoria Hotel

14 General was a rather interesting place (to me, anyway!) as it had a large officers' section and the VAD staff there included all the most well-heeled, high profile and well connected women employed by the War Office in France. Any VAD who had a title seemed to be working there, and the daughters of the DGMS Sir Arthur Sloggett, Sir Arthur Stanley of the British Red Cross Society and many other worthies. Not sure if this made the treatment there better or worse :D

Sue

Thanks Sue, your an Angel like those nurses.

John.

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I found this while Googling - at least it shows that the Casino was adjacent to the Hotel Splendide. I wouldn't think it would too hard to track down some contemporary images of these buildings as they must have been very prominent in Wimereux, even among all the other hotels.

Sue

Wimereux’s strategic position was not only a lure to the military. From a small hamlet with a population of only 10 families in 1810, it grew into a major tourist attraction, known in its heyday as the Nice du Nord. At the outbreak of World War I, there were over 800 villas, many of which still survive, and around 50 hotels and guest houses, the most famous of these being the Hôtel Splendid with its adjacent casino.

The casino housed a grand theatre, which put on shows and operas performed by, among others, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Together with the hotel it was one of the earliest buildings to have electricity. Many of the guests were British, who according to journalist Guy Bataille, had not yet discovered the Côte d’Azur. Their programme for the day: apéritif, golf or a walk, dinner and a soirée at the casino.Wimereux was highly fashionable, but this was all to change with the outbreak of war in 1914.

The Splendid was requisitioned and became a military hospital. Among the other hospitals was the Women’s Hospital Corps, staffed entirely by British women doctors and nurses, who were said, apart from their clinical skills, to have had a special understanding of the psychology of their patients. But Wimereux’s most famous legacy from World War I must be Canadian surgeon and officer, John McCrae, the author of In Flanders Fields and his immortalisation of the poppy as a symbol of sacrifice. He is buried in the cemetery at Wimereux.

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And the Splendid(e) is the top left image on this Ebay postcard:

Wimereux

Sue

Thanks again Sue,

Chris and Genni have printed your picture and some others for their trip tomorrow.

I can see them now walking about Wimereux making comparisons like the, "then and now" books, excellent !!!

John.

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  • 3 years later...

My grandfather was a patient in this hospital in 1918 after receiving gunshot wounds to the left buttock at the battle of Rosieres. Do any medically minded people have any idea how long it would have taken approximately, to recover from this kind of injury?

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My Grandfather was in 14 General but looks like only for a day as his shipping card says he was shipped to UK on the same day -though it is a little difficult to read. Did you friends find the location Trinovantes?

Thanks for your info Sue Light

Felicity

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My grandfather was a patient in this hospital in 1918 after receiving gunshot wounds to the left buttock at the battle of Rosieres. Do any medically minded people have any idea how long it would have taken approximately, to recover from this kind of injury?

Hello.

I am an old man 76 years and member of the "Anciens Combattants" of Wimereux. I sailed as "Spark" in the merchant and

fishing navy in north Sea during 45 years, and of course, I was every day in contact with Englisht and Scottish

operators, so it had been possible to improve my english.

I read that many people have some difficulties for the location of Hospitals during WW1;

I wrote a book on this subject and i could find the location of the 11 Hospitals established in Wimereux area.

Yhat had taken 3 years of research, but in 250 pages it was not enough to decribe the situation in Wimereux in 1914 1919

The RAMC left Wimereux during summer 1919.

In the present, the question is;"Location of Hospital N°14

At the begining of year 1914, it was "The Grand Hôtel" in Wimereux at the Sea Front in the South part of the beach.

The 23 jan 1916 during the night a short circuit put the fire in the building, there was no possibility to stop the

fire, the hose used by the firemen were impossible to set on the waterpoint because of the screwpath was in inches for

the firemen and in cm for the waterpoint. Ther were no victims, the soldiers injuried which were in hospital were all

saved and the 70 men were evacuated to Boulogne toward England by hospital ship.

The head quarter of N°14 became the "Hôtel Splendid' at 500 meter southward "HospitalN°14 for officers" with annexe

"Casino" There were in the rear front of the hospital one serial of "Barracks" which completed the space for the

casualties.And all around the General Australian Hospital N°2nd Stationnary Hospital N°8

In the book "Wimereux 1914 1918" you have all information a concerning this story.

The Grand Hôtel after some month was reused as "Isolation" for infection such as Scarlatine, Influenza and others

contagious diseases. But annex of N°14.

This building ist alwayx existing but not as hôtel, but habitations.

The"Hôtel Splendid " was demolished by the "Wehrmacht" in year 1941 in same time as the Casino and others nice buildings

At the location of hotel splendid remains only a large wall which retain the sliding of the cliff.

At this location (Casino and Splendid) there is now tHe Nautical Center and Laboratory for the university of Lille.

With my best regard for every one of the reader.

Chris BARBE

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My grandfather was a patient in this hospital in 1918 after receiving gunshot wounds to the left buttock at the battle of Rosieres. Do any medically minded people have any idea how long it would have taken approximately, to recover from this kind of injury?

This is somewhat in the "how long is a piece of string" category alas. Was it a clean injury? Did he get picked up and taken for treatment straight away, or did the wound become infected? It was March - was the ground dry, or was it muddy and harbouring nasty organisms? Did the shot skim the surface, or penetrate, tearing the muscle? If it penetrated, did it take any buttons / cloth / leather with it that needed extracting?

All of these would have had an impact, as would the general state of his health and immune system at the time.

sJ

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I think the hospital at Le Treport was on top of cliffs, but whether this is the beach I wouldn't like to say. Here is a site about it: http://www.edithappleton.org.uk/Vol4/LeTreport/HotelTrianon.asp

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I'm writing about the Chateau Mauricien Hospital run by the Women's Hospital Corps which was apparently annexed to No 14 General Hospital in Nov 1914. I've read that this was either the Hotel Splendide or the Grand Hotel. But judging from Chris Barbe's response am i right in thinking it would have been the Grand? Can you tell the me title of your book Chris? I wondered if you know if the Chateau Mauricien has survived. I'm thinking of visiting.

best wishes Wendy

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