Agens - Semper Quietus"
While this section is mainly about No1 (NZ)
General Hospital during World War I, during WWII the Hospital was again
mobilised and with other units it set off in May 1940 for what was
thought at the time would be the Middle East.
However when off of
Freemantle, Western Australia a message was received diverting it to the
UK via Capetown, the reason being is that Italy had entered the way and
it was believed to be best to avoid the Middle East.
day 2005 the local council erected this plaque to mark the site
where the hospital once stood, as can be seen
members of the NZ Expeditionary Force in France were treated here
No1 (Gen) Hospital was
back in the UK for its second visit along with 5 Field Ambulance and No1
1 NZ Convalescent Depot. On first arriving in the UK they were stationed
at Ewshot Camp Surrey. Here was the base for the NZ Medical Corps during
WWI and all the ex-servicemen will remember this camp with great
delight. A lot of the medical staff from the WWI NZMC Depot underwent
extra and extremely intensive training at the old Cambridge Military
Hospital at Aldershot.
No1 (Gen) Hospital again
moved, this time about 10 miles up to road to the Pinewood Sanatorium
near Wokingham. It remained here until being shipped out to its original
destination, the Middle East in October 1940 and during this time it was
visited by King George and later by Queen Elizabeth. The king attended a
review parade given by the nursing staff at Mytchet.
It was during the height
of the Battle of Britain that one of the many tasks carried out by No1
(NZ) Gen Hosp, was the dispatching of a mobile surgical team on 4th Sept
1940 to the nearby Vickers Aircraft Factory at Weybridge, which had
suffered serious damage during an air raid.
At this time Winston
Churchill had requested that the New Zealand authorities keep the
Medical Units in the UK until the threat of the Battle of Britain had
Some of the senior staff
of the hospital had been with the unit when it was located at
Army Medical Services
Museum, Keogh Barracks, Mytchet Place Rd., MYTCHET, Surrey
This Museum, which is free to visitors, holds an extensive collection of
historical items of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Queen Alexandra's
Royal Arrmy Nursing Corps, the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and the Royal
Army Dental Corps. It has many items of interest for the genealogist and
the general visitor alike.