Royal Victoria Hospital
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|Name||Royal Victoria Hospital|
|Where formed||Netley south east of Portsmouth|
|Capacity||138 wards and approximately 1,000 beds|
|Locations||Netley, connected to the Southampton docks by railway|
The Royal Victoria Hospital or Netley Hospital was a large military hospital in Netley, near Southampton, Hampshire, England.
Construction started in 1856 at the suggestion of Queen Victoria but its design caused some controversy, chiefly from Florence Nightingale. Often visited by Queen Victoria, the hospital was extensively used during the First World War. It became the 28th US General Hospital during the invasion of mainland Europe in the Second World War.
During World War I, a large Red Cross hutted hospital was built at the rear of the site, which expanded Netley Hospital to accommodate around 2,500 beds. Many of the staff were Red Cross volunteers, as most of the regular staff were overseas. Some 50,000 patients were treated at Netley during the war
The main building – the world's longest building when it was completed – was entirely demolished in 1966, except for the chapel and former YMCA building which still survive.
Soldier Patients by date admitted
- Lawrence Adrian Renou DCM 25 Sep - 6 Nov 1916
- Percy James Blake admitted 16 Dec 1916
- William Plant 19 Dec 1916 - 9 Jan 1917
- George William Piesley 14 - 24 Jul 1917
- Albert Victor Berry 19 Jul - 5 Aug 1917
- Frederick Sidney Gladstone 25 Oct - 12 Nov 1917