Sunday, 3 July 2016

Help from Luton for Napsbury Hospital

West Hall of former Napsbury Hospital (Wikimedia under Creative CommonsLicence)

Monday 3rd July 1916: Napsbury Asylum, near St. Albans, has now been converted into a large military hospital. The former patients have been moved elsewhere, and the new hospital is able to accommodate over 1,500 soldiers. While the authorities have provided all necessary medical equipment, there is nothing available to entertain the men during their stay. Mr J. C. Kershaw, who has been appointed Almoner for the Luton district to the new hospital, is appealing for help to provide equipment for both outdoor and indoor games to make the soldiers’ time there more pleasant. The list of items required includes: cricket bats, stumps, balls, pads and gloves; tennis racquets, nets and balls; croquet mallets, balls and hoops; bowls; quits; footballs; draughts; chess sets; dominoes; playing cards; bagatelle boards; gramophones and records. He has also asked for donations of money to buy items for the men, in particular tobacco and cigarettes.

Source: Luton News, 6th July 1916

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