37,000 patients were to pass through the hospital during the war, over 200 would be commemorated on its Roll of Honour. This was situated in the Church within it’s grounds.

This from page 30 of ‘A History of Middlewood Psychiatric Hospital 1872 – 1972’ by F.T. Thorpe –

"In commemoration of the hospital war effort a roll of Honour was made in the hospital's carpentry shop and measured some twenty feet long and six feet high. It bore the names of soldiers who died whilst in the Wharncliffe War Hospital and in the centre of the panel was a list of the eight members of the asylum staff who lost their lives. The completed panel is on the wall at the rear of the hospital church"

In the centre of the Church Sanctuary a stained glass window was placed bearing the figure of St George with the legend - "To the Glory of God in the memory of those who fell in the Great War of 1914 - 1918"

The Church also had a memorial plaque to commemorate the work done at the hospital, and to commend the staff for their efforts, it was given by the Army Council.
The inscription reads –

DURING
THE GREAT WAR
OF 1914 – 1919 THIS BUILDING WAS
ESTABLISHED AND MAINTAINED
AS A HOSPITAL FOR BRITISH
SICK AND WOUNDED: THE ARMY
COUNCIL IN THE NAME OF THE
NATION THANK THOSE WHO HAVE
RENDERED TO IT THIS VALUABLE
AND PATRIOTIC ASSISTANCE IN
THE HOUR OF ITS EMERGENCY
AND THEY DESIRE ALSO TO EXPRESS
THEIR DEEP APPRECIATION OF THE
WHOLE-HEARTED ATTENTION
WHICH THE STAFF OF THIS HOSPITAL
GAVE TO THE PATIENTS WHO WERE
UNDER THEIR CARE: THE WAR HAS
ONCE AGAIN CALLED UPON THE
DEVOTION AND SELF SACRIFICE
OF BRITISH MEN AND WOMEN
AND THE NATION WILL REMEMBER
WITH PRIDE AND GRATITUDE
THEIR WILLING AND

INESTIMABLE SERVICE

 

The Roll of Honour went ‘missing’ for a number of years, finally I tracked it down and was able to photograph it. Sadly the central memorial panel bearing eight names of those staff that died in the war is still ‘missing’. Here with a photograph of the Roll of Honour in situ, a pity we can’t read the names on the ‘lost’ panel! Do you know the names on the ‘lost’ panel? if so please let us know.

Image courtesy of Luis Arroyo

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Wharncliffe Hospital Roll of Honour research

Wharncliffe Hospital Known Former Patients

 

 

 

 

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