Childhood memories of Harefield Hospital
I was enjoying the latest issue of WDYTYA? (April 2015) when I was amazed to see the appeal for volunteers for a project at Harefield Hospital in your news section. I was in Harefield at the time, visiting my brother!
I have a booklet called Harefield and Her Church published in 1947 that details the hospital’s role as the No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital during the Firstt World War. The local school’s Union Jack flag was borrowed by the hospital to cover coffins for funerals. After the war, the school sent the flag to Australia and in exchange the Australians sent them a new Union Jack and the Australian flag.
Every year on Anzac Day, local schoolchildren make a pilgrimage to the cemetery and hoist the Australian flag. As a child I took part – as a Brownie and then a Guide –in the Anzac Day Memorial Service.
After the First World War it became a sanatorium for TB patients. The air in Harefield is reputed to be excellent for such conditions. In my teens I used to sell the evening newspapers to the patients, who were nearly always sitting on the balconies “taking the air”.
Thank you for bringing this
An aerial shot of HarefieldHospital