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Dartford War Hospital for Enemy POWs and Internees. 1915 to 1920.
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 22:06:01 »
The Southern Convalescent Fever Hospital at Gore Farm near Dartford was established by the Metropolitan Asylums Board in March 1884. In 1890 a second hospital was built by the board to the north-east, the two hospitals becoming known as the Lower and Upper Hospitals.

Between May 1915 and 1920 the Lower Hospital became No. 24 Dartford War Hospital for German prisoners of war and internees. The hospital had 48 beds for officers and 1,034 beds for other ranks. Some of the POWs were employed on local farms.
Those who died while at the hospital were buried at Darenth Park Cemetery until being exhumed and moved to Channock Chase by the German War Graves Commission. There were a total of 285 graves, 263 German soldiers, one airman and 21 interred German and Austrian civilians.

The IWM has a number of photos of German POWs at Dartford, only two of which are online. (Q 56591) and (Q 64143).

The suitcase of nurse Margaret Maule, who served at the hospital, was recently discovered in a cupboard at the University of Abertay in Dundee, the case containing letters, photos and other mementos. The case has been returned to her family.
The Southern Convalescent Hospital. Maps and photos.
BBC Dartford Kent: Hospital for German prisoners of war. 9.51 min audio.


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