|||Edith Cliff, Commandant of Gledhow Hall Military Hospital (Gledhow)
View shows Edith Cliff, Commandant of Gledhow Hall Military Hospital, sitting at her desk. Born in 1871, Edith began training as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse in 1911. This organisation had been created jointly by the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John in 1909 to care for wounded and ill soldiers. Most VADs were completely voluntary so had to be ladies of independent means, as Edith Cliff was. She was the cousin of Lord Airedale, Albert Ernest Kitson, who offered the family estate, Gledhow Hall, to be used as a military hospital during the First World War. Miss Cliff was appointed commandant and kept a scrapbook of photographs, letters and articles relating to life at Gledhow Hall, from which this and other photos from this collection came. Edith Cliff was awarded an OBE after the war for her devoted service. She married Sir Thomas Willans Nussey in 1935 when aged 63 and died in 1962 at the age of 90.
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|||Gledhow Hall at the Junction of Gledhow Lane and Lidgett Lane, 'Little Switzerland (Gledhow) (10 comments)
A view of Gledhow Hall possibly early 1900s. The land was originally monastic and was purchased from Elizabeth I by the Thwaites family. The Hall eventually came into possession of Liberal, James Kitson the first Lord Mayor of Leeds and head of the Monkbridge Iron and Steel Company. It was used as a military hospital during the First World War.
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|||Gledhow Hall Military Hospital (Gledhow)
View of nurses and patients on one of the wards at Gledhow Hall Military Hospital during the First World War. The hall opened as a hospital on 22 May 1915 and treated 2250 patients before its closure on 31st March 1919.
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|||Gledhow Hall Military Hospital, "Whiz-Bang Hall" hut (Gledhow)
View shows one of the small huts in the grounds of Gledhow Hall Military Hospital during the First World War. Competitions were often held between the 7 huts to "dress" them according to different themes. This shows one such competition at Christmas 1917 when the huts were dressed up to represent different countries; the first prize went to Whiz Bang Hall, seen here, which was representing "Egypt", while the hut representing "Canada" took second place.
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|||Gledhow Hall Military Hospital, Billiard Room (Gledhow)
View of Gledhow Hall Military Hospital during the First World War showing the Billiard Room set up in the garage, one of the many amusements and entertainments provided to aid the rehabilitation of the soldiers after their experiences at the battlefront. Some of those pictured are named as Christie, Preston and Healey towards the left, Sergeant Shaw in the centre and Kerrigan and Barnett to the right.
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