Does anyone recognise the World War 1 Hospital in this photo?

July 8th, 2014 by Admin Leave a reply »

The photo is part of the St Fagans National History Museum WW1 collection which is currently being digitised. It was given to St Fagans in the 1990ies but its location is unknown. It may not be a Cardiff hospital but if you recognise it please get in touch. Could it be Whitchurch?

Where is this photo taken?

Where is this photo taken?

Thanks to Elen Phillips, Principal Curator: Contemporary & Community History at St Fagans,  for the photo and information.

I came across this website which gives some further information about  hospitals used during WW1:

The military hospitals at home

The flow of casualties from the various theatres of war soon overwhelmed the existing medical facilities in the United Kingdom, just as it did the recently established bases in France and Flanders. Many civilian hospitals and large buildings were turned over to military use. This listing is by no means complete.


3rd Western General. A TF General Hospital in Cardiff. 38 officers and 2626 other ranks. The Cardiff Infirmary became headquarters to the 3rd Western General Military Hospital, overseeing all the other military hospitals in the region.
Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital. Formerly the Cardiff City Asylum at Whitchurch. 61 officers and 839 other ranks.
– partly used for mental patients (14 officers and 416 ORs) from September 1917 to December 1919.
Kinmel Park Camp (Rhyl). A hospital established at an army base. 890 beds.
– a specialist venereal disease unit opened here after the Armistice
Prince of Wales Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers, Cardiff. 66 beds for men from Wales, Monmouthshire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.
Officers’ neurological hospital, Nannau, Dolgelly. Established by June 1918.



  1. Elen Phillips says:

    Diolch yn fawr am eich cymorth gyda’r llun. Mi fydd y lliain bwrdd sydd gennym a wnaed yn eich ysbyty chi ym 1917 – y Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital – yn cael gwaith cadwraeth cyn diwedd y mis hwn.

    Thank you very much for your help with the photo. The embroidered tablecloth we have in the collection which was made at your hospital in 1917 – the Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital as it was known – will be conserved later this month. We’ll keep you posted.

  2. Admin says:

    Dim problem o gwbl Elen, edrych ymlaen i weld y lliain bwrdd ar ol y gwaith cadwraeth.

    No problem Elen, looking forward to seeing the table cloth again once the conservation work finished.


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