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Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England


Starr Hills Hospital, Ansdell, 1916.

"Starr Hills", Clifton Drive, Ansdell, a Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital during the 1914-18 War. The house built by the artist Richard Ansdell R.A. and it is now nursing home.

Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 31 January 1916


Starr Hills, the residence the late Major William Henry Hincksman, J.P., Ansdell, was on Saturday afternoon opened as a convalescent hospital for soldiers. It has been lent for the purpose by the trustees of the late owner to the promoters of the scheme, the Lytham and Ansdell V.A.D.

The public has generously subscribed for the fitting up, and at present there are 57 beds. The opening ceremony was performed by Lady Maden, Lytham and Bacup, in the presence of a large gathering, presided over Mr. W. W. Ashley, M.P. for Blackpool Division, who was accompanied by Mrs. Ashley.

The Chairman alluded to the work done by the Lytham people in connection with the war. In addition to the opening of the hospital and their subscriptions to the various funds, mentioned that they had provided three Red Cross cars for the transferring of wounded soldiers from the front to the base in France.

Mrs. Coulthard, a daughter of the late Major Hincksman, presented a gilt key to Lady Maden with which to open the hospital. Lady Maden referred to the nobleness and fearlessness of our valiant soldiers in the war which struck to our hearts with a pathos which was indescribable.

Mr. Alfred Crooks, J.P.. moved a vote thanks to Lady Maden and Mr. W. W. Ashley, and this was seconded Mr, J. Chadwick, chairman of the Lytham Council, and carried.