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Kingsknowe Auxiliary Hospital


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Hello,

Does anyone have any information on the above hospital, when it was set up or how many patients it could take? Any information or photo's would be great.

Many thanks for taking the time to look,

Stewart :)

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I don't know anything about the hospital but Kingsknowe is in south western Edinburgh & is very close to Craiglockhart, where Wilfred Owen & Siegfried Sassoon were hospital patients.

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Hello,

That's right, I went to Napier University and used to use the gym at Craiglockhart. Great building, in the main entrance hall they had a cabinet with WW1 related items in it, I seem to remember. It's nothing like the building in Regeneration!

The Nurse I am researching was from Colington and served in the hospital at Kingsknowe. I can't seem to find any details on the hospital though.

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Hello,

Her name was Elsie Roma Thomson Bonar. In the Macrae Battalion book, there is a photo of a soldier called Thomson Bonar, he was a Med Student and his home was in Colington, I think there is a very good chance this is her brother, it's the same name and area and correct sort of family background. Is the auther a member of this forum?

I can't find her Birth certificate or her entry in the 1901 Census, yet! Next time I search I will try via her 'Brother' and see if she is listed under a differnt name.

Regards,

Stewart

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Hello,

Her name was Elsie Roma Thomson Bonar. In the Macrae Battalion book, there is a photo of a soldier called Thomson Bonar, he was a Med Student and his home was in Colington, I think there is a very good chance this is her brother, it's the same name and area and correct sort of family background. Is the auther a member of this forum?

I can't find her Birth certificate or her entry in the 1901 Census, yet! Next time I search I will try via her 'Brother' and see if she is listed under a differnt name.

Regards,

Stewart

Yes Jack Alexander is a member of the Forum. Colinton is just down the road from me. I have not heard about the Kingsknowe Hospital but I'll ask some of the local history people if they know anything.

Aye

Malcolm

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:) Thanks, that's great Malcolm. It would be great if you could find some info. I've had a good look through the Edin. Evening News, but so far have not even found a mention.

I've also just PM'ed Jack Alexander, to see if he has any more info on thomson Bonar.

Regards,

Stewart

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Hi

Slateford, Kingsknowe Aux 34 O/Rs.

I have the above listed as an Affiliated Hosptial under 2nd Scottish General Hospital, Edingburgh.

No much info but I hope it helps

Barbara

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Slateford, Kingsknowe Aux 34 O/Rs.

Hello,

Thanks for the information, it's a lot more than I had :) .

Does ''34 O/Rs'' relate to the hospital's number of partients? There is a road in Kingsknowe called Slateford, so I guess it must have been located on it.

Regards,

Stewart

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As far as I know, the 34 O/Rs means that there was 34 beds ready to accommodate for 34 ordinary ranks.

Affiliated hosptials were set up so that patients could be treated as close to their families as possible, although some were set up to treat specialised cases. These could have been in tents in park areas, or schools or people's houses etc. 34 beds is quite a lot of beds so maybe the area, building etc might stand out as being this hospital. (If that makes sense).

Barbara

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Hello,

Thank you very much for the extra information Barbara, it makes a lot of sense.

Malcolm, thanks for all of your help, hope you manage to find something, I wonder if Slateford is the name of one of the big houses up there? I've had n email from Jack, it is the same family :) He also pointed out that is is Colinton, not Colington :huh: Never trust an Edinburgh A-Z :angry: Thats where I got the spelling from.

Regards,

Stewart

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I'd have said that Craiglockhart Hospital was in Craiglockhart, with Slateford being to the north of Craiglockhart & Kingsknowe to the west. However, it appears from the websites linked below that the hospital's postal address was Craiglockhart Hospital, Slateford, Midlothian. I think that originally Slateford was a village whereas Craiglockhart was a hill.

The first website linked relates a Parliamentary debate in which Siegfried Sassoon was discussed. He is described as being a patient at Craig Lockhart [spelt as two words] Hospital, Slateford, Midlothian in the seventh paragraph, which is the second of Mr McPherson's reply.

Sassoon & Slateford

The second is the editorial of the third edition of 'The Hydra', the journal published by the patients, & appears on Napier University's website. The address for submissions is Craiglockhart Hospital, Slateford, Midlothian.

The Hydra

Therefore Slateford may then have been used as a postal address for a wider area than is now regarded as the Slateford district of Edinburgh.

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Hello,

Thanks for all the replies. I don't think it can be Craiglockhart though. I understand it became a Hospital in 1916. The nurse I am researching served in the Kingsknowe Aux. Hospital between 22 Sept. 1915 and the 17th November 1915.

All very interesting stuff though. Never come across any of these websites before.

Regards,

Stewart

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Hi, Just came across your website this morning. I hope this can be of help

Kingsknowe Auxiliary hospital was housed in Kingsknowe Golf Club. I have a post card with the photograph on the front sent by a patient there. Post mark is July 1915.

Patient said it had 34 beds and staffed by a sister and VAD members.

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Welcome to the forum!

I'm tagging the original poster at @gnr.ktrha in case he is still at the same email address and receiving notifications - but it's a long time ago!

Best wishes,

seaJane

 

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Hi,
    Thanks for tagging me in. I did manage to track down a book which had several images of the hospital and I think it had a short account of when it penned and how many staff worked there. If I remember correctly, the book covered all the hospitals set up during the war in the Edinburgh area. I will check my files to see if I wrote down the name of the book and if I have, will post it here. I will also dig out what additional information the book recorded.

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