Category Archives: South African Military Hospital Richmond

Frank Fenning Fuller Kidson (1890–1918)

X/762 Private Frank Fenning Fuller Kidson, South African Medical Corps. Died of influenza, 30 October 1918 at the South African Military Hospital in Richmond Park, . If I were ever to allow myself a ‘favourite’ from amongst the Richmond Cemetery Lads, … Continue reading

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‘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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Staff Sister Dorah Bernstein (c.1889–1918)

Staff Sister Dorah Bernstein (c. 1889–1918), South African Military Nursing Service, Died 6 November 1918 at the South African Military Hospital, Richmond Park, buried at Willesden Cemetery. For some time after I first encountered an obituary of “Staff Nurse Sarah Bernstein”  my searches … Continue reading

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Between Bishop’s Pond and Conduit Wood

So, ardent walkers in Richmond Park, the best time to find the remaining signs of the foundations of the South African Military Hospital, is in the winter months. This is the view, on a fine autumn day in 2015, looking towards … 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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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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