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Normanhurst, West Hartlepool

8th Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment

Type: Hospital

The following information on Normanhurst, West Hartlepool, 8th Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital, comes from records held at the archives at the Museum of the Order of St John, and is used with their kind permission. At some point, the hospital moved to the Masonic Hall. Reference OSJ/1/1/12/8:

1) Number of beds
Whether for officers only: no
Whether for officers and rank & file: non-commissioned officers, rank & file
Stating numbers of each: 20 beds
Whether for rank & file alone: non-commissioned officers, rank & file

2) Staff provided
Number of medical men available: 4, three Royal Army Medical Corps, and one St John’s Ambulance
Number of nurses fully trained: 2 nurses fully trained

3) Whether full provision of
a) beds: yes
b) hospital stores and drugs: yes
c) food: yes

4) Are you prepared to undertake the whole cost of maintenance, including pay of entire staff, if so, for how long? no

If not, state definitely what financial aid is required: staff not paid as they are at present giving their services free

Commandant: MA Strover

For further information:
Museum of the Order of St John
VAD Hospitals in Northumberland and Durham 1914-1918
Scarlet Finders
Hartlepool History Then and Now

Civil Parish: Hartlepool

Contributed by Henry R | Alex W | Durham County Record Office