Monday, 22 September 2014

Cornwall in the First World War

During this month, each weekday I'm posting a photograph showing Cornwall's First World War.

Here's an image from Falmouth docks, taken late in the war. Motor ambulances are lined up on the waterfront. They're awaiting an incoming hospital ship bringing casualties from the fighting overseas. Among the drivers preparing for hospital runs are two women. Numbers of wounded men became so severe that temporary hospitals were established all over Britain.

Cornwall's biggest military hospital was created in Truro's old workhouse. Several auxiliary hospitals were also formed:
  • Camborne Auxiliary Hospital, Tregenna  
  • Redruth Officers’ Auxiliary Hospital, Scorrier
  • Penzance V.A. Hospital, Morrab Road, Penzance
  • Auxiliary Hospital, Launceston
  • Auxiliary Naval Hospital, Truro
  • Auxiliary Hospital for Officers, Fowey
  • Trefusis, Falmouth
  • Convalescent Hospital for Discharged Sailors and Soldiers, Newquay. 
My book, 'Cornwall In The First World War', is published by Truran. With 112 pages and 100 images, you'll find it in bookshops across the Duchy. It's also available through Amazon:

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