19th Australian Auxiliary Hospital
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|Name||19th Australian Auxiliary Hospital|
|Where formed||Fremantle Artillery Barracks|
|Date formed||late 1914|
At the outbreak of war in August 1914 there was no general military hospital in Western Australia. A section of 22nd Field Ambulance, an Australian Army Medical Corps militia unit, was stationed at Artillery Barracks and a small clearing station and hospital was established.
It could only accommodate around 50 cases and was soon overtaxed, treating dozens of young recruits from the training camp at Blackboy Hill, sick with infectious diseases such as mumps and scarlet fever.
During 1915 8th Australian General Hospital (8 AGH) was established in Fremantle and commenced to receive patients from overseas. The clearing station and hospital at the barracks were discontinued and personnel and patients transferred to the main hospital.