Sunday, 19 October 2014

Wardown Hospital

Wardown gardens and house, Luton 1913 [X291/243/3]

Monday 19th October 1914: Any of the Territorials billeted in Luton who have fallen sick have been nursed in bell tents in the grounds of Wardown Mansion, but the weather has now turned too cold for this arrangement to continue. Last week it was announced that a house in Brook Street would be used as a hospital. Since then the Royal Army Medical Corps officers billeted at Wardown have decided that the Brook Street house is not suitable and that the hospital should be set up on the ground floor of the mansion. The residents of Luton agree that this would be a good use for the property but there is concern that the town will be forced to bear the cost of its upkeep unless the War Office steps in. The ladies of the Voluntary Aid Detachment are entering into the scheme with enthusiasm, paying great attention to the well-being and comfort of the men.

Source: Luton News 22 October 1914

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