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Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England


King's Lancashire Military Convalescent Hospital, Squires Gate

In 1916 the army commandeered the Clifton Park Racecourse at Squires Gate (site of present Blackpool Airport) and converted it to house & treat wounded soldiers. It was known as The King's Lancashire Military Convalescent Hospital.
The Burnley Express and Advertiser, 1916



Lieutenant-Colonel Netterville Barron M.V.OIn about another fortnight Lancashire will have its own convalescent military hospital at Clifton Park Racecourse, South Shore, Blackpool. The work of conversion is rapidly proceeding, and many interesting details were given by Lieutenant-Colonel Netterville Barron M.V.O., the officer commanding, to representatives, this week shown round the course. It will be the fourth great military camp hospital.

At Eastbourne, there is one of 3,000 beds, at Dartford one of 1,000 beds, the Epsom hospital will eventually have 5,000 beds, and the Clifton Park Hospital -- Colonel Barron thinks, it ought to have a better name -- County Palatine Military Hospital, for instance, -- will provide 2,000 beds for a start. Possibly there will eventually be far more beds, for it is to provide for all Lancashire's wounded and war worn soldiers who can be made fit and strong again for the firing line. This is the object of the hospital.

No patients who are really ill will be dealt with, only cases that are likely to be well enough to go back to the front in six or eight weeks will be taken. Colonel Barron explained that physical culture will play a large part in the scheme. There are to be trained masseurs at the hospital. Lord Derby is now issuing an appeal for money to equip and pay the running costs of the massage and electrical equipment of the hospital.