Talk about World War One military hospitals in Lancashire

1 July 2015

The role of auxiliary military hospitals in Lancashire during World War One will be discussed in Skelmersdale Library.

At 2pm on Wednesday 15 July, staff from Lancashire County Council's community heritage team will hold an interesting talk about the hospitals' vital part in helping to cope with the numbers of sick and injured coming back from war.

Fiona McIntyre, community heritage manager, said: "Sadly the flow of sick and wounded coming home for treatment soon overwhelmed existing medical facilities in the UK, just as it did in France. To cope with the need, many public buildings and private houses were commandeered or volunteered for use as military hospitals.

"Our illustrated talk will highlight the generosity of Lancashire people and the various contributions they made, ranging from sewing and knitting some of the supplies the hospitals needed, to donating and equipping entire buildings.

"The contribution that these hospitals made to the national war effort was incredible."

The talk is free to attend, but booking is essential as places are limited.

Call 0300 123 6703 to book a place or call in at the library.

For more information, go to


Notes for Editors: Picture caption: A photograph of a temporary hospital set up at the Public Hall at Haslingden.

For further information please contact: Julie Dobson on 01772 536616

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