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Richard Murray Hospital, Blackhill

12th Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital

Type: Hospital

Richard Murray Hospital was founded in 1914 and in the First World War was the site of the 12th Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital. The hospital closed in 1971, and has since apparently been demolished.

The following information comes from records held at the archives at the Museum of the Order of St John, and is used with their kind permission. Reference OSJ/1/1/12/11:

1) Number of beds: 48
Whether for officers only: –
Whether for officers and rank & file:
Stating numbers of each:
Whether for rank & file alone: rank & file

2) Staff provided
Number of medical men available: 1 VAD
Number of nurses fully trained: 1 matron, 3 trained nurses

3) Whether full provision of
a) beds: 12 beds belong to the hospital, remainder but arrangements are being made to make the number up to 50
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: 3/- per patient

Commandant: P Cameron

For further information:
Museum of the Order of St John
VAD Hospitals in Northumberland and Durham 1914-1918
Scarlet Finders
Blog article about Richard Murray
Article about the Murray family

Civil Parish: Benfieldside

Contributed by Durham County Council Archaeology Section | Durham County Record Office