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February 29, 2016

Sergeant Major Kench

Sergeant Major Kench

Glenside Hospital Museum

William Kench was the Head Male Nurse at the asylum. He was appointed the Regimental Sergeant Major when the asylum became Beaufort War Hospital (1915-1919). He continued to live with his wife in a cottage on Blackberry Hill, and brought his black retriever dog to work every day. Kench had been a NCO in the […]

KENCH THE SERGEANT MAJOR

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May 10, 2016

The Orderlies

ORDERLIES WITH CAT

The Orderlies

Glenside Hospital Museum

At the start of the war those men enlisted as orderlies in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) had often been rejected by the army as physically unfit, prohibited from being a soldier by age, height, and even flat feet. As the war progressed the army became less fussy as the need for more men […]


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The Bristol Red Cross

The Bristol Red Cross

Glenside Hospital Museum

The Bristol Red Cross The British Red Cross was integral to the war effort. Bristol in particular did an enormous amount to support soldiers at the front and the returning wounded. The Red Cross parcel originated in Bristol. As well as providing ambulances, and provisions for the hospitals, Bristol Red Cross nurses were amongst those […]

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April 28, 2016

Hospital Entertainment

Hospital Entertainment

Glenside Hospital Museum

Soldiers pack the Beaufort concert hall for the afternoon matinees. Sgt Major Kench is standing at the back. The Beaufort was never short of entertainment for the recovering soldiers. There were visits to Bristol Zoo and The Hippodrome, Charabanc rides to the countryside, cricket and football matches. Bristol was renowned for it’s care of the […]


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