Norton Hall VA hospital

Chipping Campden

Norton Hall was a private house belonging to Sam Bruce, whose family were from Northern Ireland and in the distillery business. Sam moved out around 1912 to live in London, but his daughter Maye remained at Norton Hall and became commandant of the hospital. She was awarded an MBE for her services in 1918. For more details and photos see the Campden and District Historical and Archaeological Society's website. Gloucestershire Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1919
Norton Hall VA hospital, Campden
NORTON HALL V.A. HOSPITAL
GLOS. 64


final report from The Red Cross in Gloucestershire 1914-19
 

Date of opening—November 11th 1914

No. of beds

Admissions since opening to March 26th 1919

Deaths


Average number of resident patients daily

Average number of days each patient was resident

 

65

2029

5

1915
35.77

29

 

 

 

 

1916
40.86

33

 

 

 

 

1917
73.91

40

 

 

 

 

1918
43.31

36

OFFICERS

Commandant: Miss Maye Bruce M.B.E.

Medical Officer: Dr J. Dewhurst

Lady Superintendent: Miss Candler, A.R.R.C.

Quartermaster: Miss J. Wixey

NOTE BY THE COMMANDANT

Norton Hall Hospital, lent by Mr S. Bruce, was opened on November 11th 1914. The first convoy of patients, received from the 1st S. General Hospital, Birmingham, was 17 Belgians.

At first arranged for 50 beds only, its accommodation was increased to 65 in 1916; and as the demand for beds arose in 1917, three marquees were erected for the summer months only, bringing the total of beds to 110.

The Hospital was entirely self-contained, with laundry and dispensary; this latter was in the charge of Miss Candler, A.R.R.C., who acted as matron and dispenser from the opening to the close of the hospital—a fine record of service.

A debt of thanks which cannot be paid is due to the members of the "Mickleton Working Party", who undertook the mending for the entire Hospital. The Mickleton market gardeners supplied vegetables weekly, and their gifts formed a most valuable contribution to the commisariat.

I should like to record my appreciation of the loyal help given by the old standing members of the detachment, many of whom joined in 1910. As the war continued urgent home duties made it impossible for all to give full time service, but whenever a press of hospital work occurred, they responded to a call for help, often at very considerable self-sacrifice.

That the tone and discipline amongst the men was excellent was, I believe, due to the influence of the V.A.D. nurses and staff.

Gloucestershire Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1919
List of staff who served at Norton Hall V.A. Hospital