Welcome back to the Inside Yorkshire podcast. In today's episode we listen to authors Eileen Brereton and Anne Wall talk about the role of the Red Cross Auxiliary hospitals, in Yorkshire, during the First World War. They have written a book entitled Home Comforts describing the importance of these medical outposts. Recuperating wounded soldiers, far away from their own families, had home comforts provided for them by VADs in the 32 auxiliary hospitals set up across the county. Eileen and Anne give us a wonderful insight into life in the voluntary aid detachments.These were voluntary units of civilians providing nursing care for military personnel in the United Kingdom and various other countries in the British Empire. The most important periods of operation for these units were during World War I and 2.
About the Guests:
Eileen Brereton and Anne Wall were Red Cross trainers when they were asked to set up a commemorative WW1 hospital for East Rounton village hall's centenary celebrations in 2006. That began a project that has lasted over 12 years now and taken them on a fascinating voyage of discovery, unearthing information and memorabilia from 32 hospitals in the North Riding of Yorkshire and the VADs (voluntary aid detachments) who worked in them.
The Book can be purchased from Eileen or Anne
Home Comforts- The Role of the Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals in the North East Riding of Yorkshire during the First World War
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About the Host:
Susan has been living in Yorkshire for over 30 years. She is passionate about the county she has adopted as her home and she never ceases to be amazed at the wealth of talent ‘Inside Yorkshire’ and the tales that people have to tell.
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