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Search Aspect (Gledhow Hall )
Location - Leeds & District

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Edith Cliff, Commandant of Gledhow Hall Military Hospital (Gledhow)
Black & White image1916. 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)
Black & White imageUndated, 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, Edith Cliff and patients outside "Blighty" hut (Gledhow)
Black & White imagec1915-1919. This view of Gledhow Hall Military Hospital during the First World War shows the Commandant, Miss Edith Cliff, along with a group of soldiers with varying injuries outside one of the small huts in the grounds. The hut, named Blighty, was one of 7 which had two beds in each with a radiator between, and was open at the front with a waterproof sheet that could be drawn down. These were used as part of a pioneering outdoor treatment of surgical cases. One of the soldiers is holding the hospital's mascot, a doll dressed in a soldier's uniform which was known as "Sergeant Michael Cassidy".
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Gledhow Hall Military Hospital, nurses and patients (Gledhow)
Black & White imagec1915-1919. View shows a group of nurses and patients of Gledhow Hall Military Hospital during the First World War. They are gathered in the grounds in front of 6 of the 7 huts that were built for the care of the most severe cases. The huts, named Blighty, Shrapnel Chase, The Dug Out, Somme Hut, Whiz-Bang Hall, BEF and Snipers View, could be reached by a temporary covered way from the Hall. Two larger huts named King George and King Edward were added later.
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Gledhow Hall Military Hospital, Nursing staff (Gledhow)
Black & White imagec1915-1919. View shows a group of nursing staff sitting in the grounds of Gledhow Hall Military Hospital during the First World War. Many of these would have been Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurses, part of an organisation set up by the British Red Cross Society and the order of St. John to care for wounded soldiers. The staff of Gledhow Hall comprised Miss Edith Cliff (Commandant), Mrs Florence Kitson (Honorary Secretary), Miss K Sykes (Quartermaster)and Dr. Eustace Carter (Medical Officer), alongside 2 trained sisters, 12 VAD nurses and 3 servants. Pictured here are: on seats, from left: G. Middleton, H. McLaren, Sister Roff, Sister Ruscoe, F. Kitson, E. Cliff, S. Powys, O. Middleton. Seated on ground, from left: R. Lupton, C. Wickestead, G. Powys, E. Firth, R. Wickestead, H. Lumb.
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