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« on: June 18, 2016, 18:09:39 PM »

Portsmouth Evening News - Monday 12 April 1915

Military Hospital at Graylingwell.
The Asylum at Graylingwell has been prepared for use as a Military Hospital for wounded and sick soldiers from the front. It will accommodate one thousand patients. Admiral Holland has been requested by the hospital authorities to arrange for the transport of patients to and from the hospital, and asks for the co-operation and help of owners of motor-cars in the city and the neighbourhood to carry out this very important work. This he does with the greatest confidence of success because of the cheerful and ready response to a similar previous appeal for the conveyance of wounded soldiers to the Sussex Hospital.

He has made it conditional that only sitting cases shall be transported by voluntary help; all cot and reclining cases will be carried in military ambulance waggons. The organisation should be such as to interfere as little as possible with the daily routine of business, and with this end in view it is proposed to ask all who are willing to assist in the transportation of the wounded to be ready for a call on one day of the week only (but possibly more if it does not cause inconvenience), and a letter will sent to each owner of a motor-car or horse carriage to ask which day would be most convenient to them. It should be possible to give at least two hours' notice before the arrival of a train, and at first the wounded will probably be sent in batches of 100 to 150. The calls for duty would made by telephone from the Hospital as necessary, and the actual message would be as short as possible - thus:

"Wounded, Station, 10.45 a.m."
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2016, 18:13:02 PM »

Portsmouth Evening News - Wednesday 05 May 1915

Chichester War Hospital.
The great difficulty which has been experienced in getting X Ray and surgical equipment has been the cause of delay in the reception of wounded from the front at the Graylingwell Military Hospital, Chichester. In all other respects the Hospital, with its elaborately reorganised system and staff, was ill ready for war patients by the date originally fixed, April 15th. However, the difficulties have now been so far overcome that the Hospital authorities have notified that they are ready to deal with patients from to-morrow, and notice of the arrival of wounded is now daily to be expected.
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Portsmouth Evening News - Friday 21 May 1915

Motor Trips for the Wounded.
A small committee of which Mr. E. B. Wannop is acting as hon. secretary, has been formed at Chichester for the purpose of arranging regular motor rides for the wounded at Graylingwell War Hospital. The proposal is to have six or eight cars every Tuesday and Thursday to take the men for short runs through the beautiful scenery of West Sussex, and residents in the district are being invited to provide teas on one or more days per week. There are objections in the way of accepting offers for trips at irregular times by individual persons, but the above scheme of regular outings has the full approval of the military authorities. The committee, with whom the Mayor (Councillor S. A. Garland) and Mr. G. E. Maltby, of East-street, are also identified, will be pleased to hear from any who are willing to help by lending cars or providing teas. It is understood also that if any owners of cars who are unable to lend them for the days proposed, would like to lend cars on other days, offers would be gratefully accepted by the Registrar (Major Armstrong) for the purposes of the Hospital. Many of the patients are already able to get out in the beautiful hospital grounds.

A further batch of about 120 wounded men, mostly stretcher cased, arrived at Chichester yesterday evening from France. About 70 of them were taken to the Graylingwell War Hospital, and about 50 to the Royal Sussex Hospital, where beds had been reserved.
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Portsmouth Evening News - Saturday 22 May 1915

This week's collection of eggs for wounded soldiers at Chichester has reached the record figure of 4,266. About 2,500 eggs are wanted now from the Chichester egg depot every week for Graylingwell War Hospital.
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Portsmouth Evening News - Wednesday 29 December 1915

Graylingwell War Hospital.
The wounded soldiers at Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, have shown the keenest interest in helping forward the arrangements bountifully made there for making the festival season pass as happily as possible for all concerned. They entered into the decoration of the wards with spirited rivalry, many who were physically unfit to move about the wards doing their bit by manufacturing imitation snow or other decoration. A full programme of entertainments is occupying this week, to which are also invited the wounded soldier patients at the Royal West Sussex Hospital.

Since Graylingwell was converted into a war hospital, over 4,000 patients have passed through the hands of Lieut.-Col. Kidd and his staff. All but about five per cent have been returned to full or light duty, and the deaths have only been about ½ per cent.
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Chichester Observer - Wednesday 02 February 1916

GRAYLINGWELL WAR HOSPITAL. A CONVOY OF 244 WOUNDED.
One of the largest convoys of wounded to arrive at the Graylingwell War Hospital for some time past came on Tuesday evening of last week. The total number men was two hundred and forty-four, and all were sitting cases. They came from the Dardanelles, the majority havirg been in hospital at Malta and other places.

Under the supervision of Major Armstrong from the Hospital, Admiral Swinton Holland, and First Officer F. J. French, of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, and Mr. H. J. Swan, the stationmaster, the work of detrainment was carried through very expeditiously, and the men were soon settled comfortably at the hospital.
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