Early Days

Telegraph 14th December 1861
Netley Fire London Standard Thursday 23rd February 1865
Telegraph 9th March 1867
Newcastle Journal 9th July 1867
Aldershot Military Gazette 3rd August 1867
Hereford Journal 17th August 1867
Edward Morris Watford Observer 23rd January 1869
Hampshire Advertiser 2nd May 1874

James Triggs. Hampshire Telegraph 29th July 1874.

The Times September 2nd 1885
Hampshire Advertiser 20th November 1889

The first sign of convalescence - writing a letter home.

                                      Graphic august 27th 1892



Holmes, Sutcliffe, Byrne and Carroll - bravery award. Portsmouth and Evening News June 9th 1893
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The officers shown here are Surgeon Major General Charles Herve GIRAUD, Brigade Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel BLENNERHASSET and Surgeon Major POPE.


Surgeon Major General Giraud A.M.S. in the centre of the group has been in charge at Netley for the past two years. Before this, he had seen service in the Indian Mutiny, the China War of 1860 and took part in the expedition against the Taeping rebels in 1863-4. (In 1918 he died as a result of a street accident in Fulham on May 10th).

Brigade Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel Blennerhasset, on the left of the photo, performs the duties of secretary and as "registrar" is responsible for the statistical work of the hospital.He is also commanding officer of the 4th and 5th Companies

of the Medical Staff Corps. He was engaged in the late Ashanti Expedition, receiving a C.M.G. for his services.

Surgeon Major Pope is the adjutant of the Medical Staff Corps at Netley. This officer saw service in the Egyptian Campaign of 1882, and was present at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir. He was also engaged in the operations in Zululand in 1888.


From Navy and Army Illustrated 1897

Miss H.Campbell NORMAN is the lady in the centre of the nurses. She is the Lady Superintendant of the Army Nursing Staff. She served in Egypt for which she wears the medal with clasp and the Khedival Star. She is also decorated with the order of the Royal Red Cross.


The Navy and Army Illustrated March 19th 1897




Surgeon Major General W. NASH

Navy and Army Illustrated march 19th 1897




Medical Staff Corps in training

Navy and Army Illustrated march 4th 1898

Patients from the Tirah Campaign 1897-98





Taking the air in the grounds


Navy and Army Illustrated march 4th 1898







From the Sphere newspaper june 2nd 1900

A wounded soldier visited by his family


The Sphere june 9th 1900





Sister QUINN in her room


 The Sphere june 9th 1900

Hampshire Advertiser July 11th 1900
"Paper Hospital" California Digital Newspaper Collection 5th August 1900
From Netley Hospital Heritage archives group
Chocolate Tin from the Boer War in Horsepower Museum at Winchester
Local photographer James Dear who took photographs at Netley.
October 27th 1900
Hampshire Advertiser November 10th 1900

Surgeon-General Sir Edmond TOWNSEND, KCB, CB, CMG, RAMC; MA, MD, MCh Degrees from Queen's University of Ireland. (22 April 1845 - 2 January 1917). Townsend was born in Cork the son of the late Doctor W.C. Townsend MD of Cork, the 5th of his 13 children. He joined the British army 1 April 1867 and in a career spanning 38 years rose to become surgeon-general, the most senior ranking medical officer in the British army.

Townsend served in nine overseas campaigns with the British army from 1867 to 1902 later becoming the principal medical officer of Netley Military Hospital, a role he held until his retirement in 1905. He was decorated several times for bravery during his army career and was mentioned in company dispatches on five separate occasions. He was knighted, receiving the K.C.B. in 1904 in recognition of his distinguished army career during which he had been both severely and dangerously wounded in action. After his retirement in 1905 he lived in London and Ireland, where he died at Clontymore, County Cork on 2 January 1917, aged 71.

From Wikipedia


This gentleman has been brought to my attention by Duncan McNair who sent me an email. Sir Edmond is Duncan's great great Uncle. Thank you.


Herald November 18th 1906


Some of many corridors - note that the wards were on the left of the photo and the sea views and sunshine were opposite. Sometimes the wards were so full that the patients were on beds in the corridors where the benches are.



Patients Dining Room and Theatre

Netley Hospital postmark

One of the most important people at Netley - the Cook!

( from the Graphic 1892)

From Richard Saul
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