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Rob B

HRH Princess Patricia of Connaught Hospital, Bray Co Wicklow

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Rob B

I have been going through my wife's Grandmother's photo album which has some interesting photos of casualty groups and nursing staff at the Patricia of Connaught Hospital in County Wicklow that I felt would be of interest. Date wise the album has some 1916 Easter Rising photos so would date these to that period.

 

HRH PC Co Bray.JPG

Sister with VADs.JPG

Sister with stretcher.JPG

Group with sister.JPG

3 Soldiers with VADs.JPG

Group of 3.JPG

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HERITAGE PLUS

The Princess Patricia of Connaught Hospital was set up in the International Hotel in Bray in June 1915. Similarly to the other large hospitals, Princess Patricia’s was run with a combined workforce of paid staff and volunteers. Funding was obtained from subscriptions made to the hospital. Initial subscriptions amounted to more than £5,000. A single donor contributed £1,000. Five wards were endowed by Irish counties, a sixth by the Dublin Women’s Unionist Club, and a seventh by the city of Toronto, Canada. The hospital was well equipped with modem appliances like ‘Radium Hot Baths, Medical Switch Board, Galvanic Batteries etc.' The hospital was able to offer its patients ‘Swedish massage, Remedial Exercises, Tonic Medication, Radiant Heat, Galvanism etc. This was accomplished with the support of in excess of one hundred voluntary auxiliaries. In addition there were over twenty non-nursing volunteers who assisted in the sewing room carrying out repairs on soldiers’ clothes. The hospital became a centre for fitting artificial limbs. Two hundred and sixty-seven men were fitted with artificial limbs until that function was moved to the Duke of Connaught Hospital, also in Bray, in 1917.

Opened June 1915 - Closed 30 September 1919  Beds 200 Patients 4,236

 

Source:

http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/5060/1/Clare_O'Neill_20140620131550.pdf

 

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Wexflyer

"Radium hot baths". I shudder to think. If the Huns did not do for them, the baths did...

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witherbeaten

I was delighted to see this post as I have been researching my Grandad WW1 military history for 16 years to no avail. It is the first time I have seen anything on the Princess Patricia of Connaught Hospital. All I know is that my Grandmother met my Grandad in a hospital in Bray where she worked and he had a leg amputated. He may just have had an artificial leg fitted here. Its possible that the amputation was done in one of the Dublin hospitals. I wonder if anybody knows where the medical records are stored in London for the hospital. I am grasping at straws here but one never knows.

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seaJane

I'm afraid it's very unlikely that the records have survived; there was a major clear-out in the mid-1920s.

 

There is a group of representative medical records of servicemen here, at MH 106 in the National Archives, and if you are very, very lucky your grandfather's name may appear there (add his name to the search box).

 

sJ

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freeclothes

 

Hi. I am interested in contacting Rob B Lieut, Colonel as I am doing a project on the two war hospitals in Bray Co. Wicklow, specifically on the work of the VAD nursing staff. The project is sponsored by the Archivist in Wicklow County Council, but the work is my own. Is it possible for me to get in direct contact with him. I am incidentally a military historian and at the beginning of the centenary celebrations for the Great War, I supplied the organising committee with the 1200 names that went on the memorial. regards,  Brendan Flynn

 

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alf mcm
On 19/02/2020 at 16:59, witherbeaten said:

I was delighted to see this post as I have been researching my Grandad WW1 military history for 16 years to no avail. It is the first time I have seen anything on the Princess Patricia of Connaught Hospital. All I know is that my Grandmother met my Grandad in a hospital in Bray where she worked and he had a leg amputated. He may just have had an artificial leg fitted here. Its possible that the amputation was done in one of the Dublin hospitals. I wonder if anybody knows where the medical records are stored in London for the hospital. I am grasping at straws here but one never knows.

 

Witherbeaten,

If your grandmother worked at this hospital then her Red Cross record may be here:-  https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Search?hosp=bray

 

Regards,

 

Alf McM

 

 

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Dai Bach y Sowldiwr

Rob B hasn't visited the forum since November unfortunately,but we can try.

@Rob B

 

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alf mcm

My post was for Witherbeaten, who last posted 19th February.

 

Regards,

 

Alf McM

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