18th December – WWI Home for Christmas

WORLD WAR 1-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL-PHOTO 3 WORLD WAR 1-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL-PHOTO 2

WORLD WAR 1-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL-PHOTO 1

These 3 postcards consist of images taken on the wards of the 1st Northern General and feature both patients in flannel suits and ties, Royal Army Medical Corps personnel in uniforms, nurses, and the matron.

During the First World War the building that now houses the Hatton Gallery was requisitioned to house the 1st Northern General Hospital. This was normal practice throughout the war years, as army hospitals were needed across the country and on a large scale. The Fine Art building in which you are now standing was then part of Armstrong College, Durham University.

A note on the back of all 3 tell us they were taken around Christmas 1915 on wards on the ground floor of the Armstrong Building and were sent by a ‘D. Robinson’ to an address in Corbridge, Northumberland.

These postcards are part of the University Archives. To find out more about Newcastle University during WWI visit here.

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