Early Days

Salisbury and Winchester Journal 5th March 1864
Hampshire Telegraph 28th May 1864

Excursions were arranged to view the hospital.

From the Isle of Wight Observer 10th September 1864.

Army and Navy Gazette 24th September 1864
Bell's Weekly Messenger 24th December 1864
Army and Navy Gazette 28th January 1865
Netley Fire London Standard Thursday 23rd February 1865
Hampshire Advertiser 4th March 1865

          Home from India Windsor and Eton Express 13th May 1865.


Hampshire Telegraph 10th June 1865
Hampshire Telegraph 3rd March 1866
Morning Advertiser 27th July 1866
Newcastle Journal 9th July 1867
Aldershot Military Gazette 3rd August 1867
Hereford Journal 17th August 1867 Roman coins found.
Portsmouth Times & Naval Gazette 2nd May 1868
Portsmouth Times 1st August 1868
Hampshire Advertiser January 2nd 1869
Edward MORRIS Watford Observer 23rd January 1869 attempted murder.
The Era 9th May 1869
Pall Mall Gazette 28th June 1869
Hampshire Advertiser 10th July 1869
Hampshire Advertiser 25th August 1869
Morning Post 3rd December 1869.
Naval and Military Gazette 9th February 1870
Naval and Military Gazette 23rd February 1870
A report from 1871.
Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian 12th April 1873
Royal Cornwall Gazette 31st May 1873
Naval and Military Gazette 31st May 1873
Hampshire Advertiser 29th October 1873

James TRIGGS who drowned. Hampshire Telegraph 29th July 1874.

Coffins and Sawdust suppliers - Hampshire Advertiser 6th March 1875
Hampshire Advertiser 10th April 1875
Hampshire Advertiser 15th April 1876
Hampshire Advertiser 6th April 1878
Royal Cornwall Gazette 20th June 1879
Hampshire Advertiser 9th October 1880
St James's Gazette 13th September 1883.
The Times September 2nd 1885 Netley railway.
Hampshire Advertiser 20th November 1889 Major Gen DEPP visit.

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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Pte. Michael BYRNE from Dix Noonan auctioneers

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

From the Graphic newspaper April 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

Back from the Soudan - taking the wounded from Southampton to Netley Hospital. The Graphic October 15th 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 Strawberries for the hospital.
"Paper Hospital" California Digital Newspaper Collection 5th August 1900
Dundee Evening Telegraph 14th September 1900
From Netley Hospital Heritage archives group
Chocolate Tin from the Boer War in Horsepower Museum at Winchester
Taken by local photographer James DEAR who took photographs at Netley.
October 27th 1900 amputees from Boer war.
Hampshire Advertiser November 10th 1900 Charles CLARKE who stole some coal.

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.


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