Category Archives: Military Hospitals

‘The Blue Death’—the influenza epidemic of 1918

The ‘Great Influenza Epidemic’ reached its height in the last quarter of 1918, though there had been a noticeable increase in influenza cases in the preceding year.  As the virus became more virulent, some patients developed complications, notably pneumonia or meningitis, for … Continue reading

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A tribute to The Springbok Blue

When, some years ago, I first started to research the South African Military Hospital, the reaction of many local residents to the news that there had ever been a hospital in Richmond Park was a sceptical raised eyebrow.   Last year, … Continue reading

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The SAMH at the Museum of Richmond

The Museum of Richmond’s current exhibition, 1914–1918: Richmond at Home and at War—Local Stories and their International Links, includes a display on the South African Military Hospital in Richmond Park.  I was asked to supply information on particular aspects of the … Continue reading

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“A very dear polite old South African regular”

Unknown Warriors, the sequel to The Anonymous Diary of a Nursing Sister is out.  And the nurse is no longer anonymous. You can read about my attempts to identify her here. I’d pre-ordered the book, and received my copy today. … Continue reading

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Film clip of South African Military Hospital in Richmond Park

The Imperial War Museum holds in its collections a short film showing the South African Military Hospital in Richmond Park, which I’ve drawn to the attention of  the Museum of Richmond in the hope they will be able to project it at their … Continue reading

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