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Lotherton Hall, group photograph of nursing staff and a medical officer (Aberford)
Black & White image1919. Group photograph taken in the grounds of Lotherton Hall, the residence of the Gascoigne family. Between 21st November 1914 and 28th March 1919 Colonel and Mrs. Gascoigne converted their home to a V.A.D. hospital. They equipped and ran it at their own expense. The photograph shows Mrs. Laura Gwendolen Gascoigne seated in the centre with her medals. She was awarded the C.B.E. in 1918 and invested as a Lady of Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Among the staff is the quartermaster, Miss Routledge, and one of the two medical officers who gave their services on a voluntary basis. They practiced locally and were called Dr. Abbott, MBE and Doctor Sykes, MBE. The Gascoignes employed two trained nurses and two V.A.D. nurses and a ward maid, but the domestic duties were undertaken by the regular staff of Lotherton Hall. In all, 655 sick and wounded soldiers received nursing care here during the years of the Great War. Photograph from the collection of the Wingfield family.
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Lotherton Hall, group photograph taken during the First World War (Aberford)
Black & White imagec1916. View of Lotherton Hall taken during the First World War when in use as a Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital for wounded soldiers. Patients and staff are posed in front of the building. Colonel and Mrs. Gascoigne, the owners of Lotherton Hall, funded the hospital themselves. They paid for the necessary equipment and employed two trained nurses, two V.A.D. nurses, a masseur and a ward maid. The regular staff employed by the Gascoignes undertook the domestic duties and two local doctors provided their services on a voluntary basis. The patients occupied sunny rooms overlooking the gardens and park and a recreation room was provided in the courtyard. Entertainments such as whist drives and concerts were organised by Miss Cynthia Gascoigne. The hospital opened on 21st November 1914 initially providing 18 beds. By July 1916 the number had increased to 35. The hospital closed on 28th March 1919 by which time 655 patients had been cared for. Mrs. Gascoigne was awarded the CBE in 1918 and invested as a Dame of Justice, Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
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