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On Oc­to­ber 27, 1914 The Manor House was opened, with just a few hours no­tice, as a hospi­tal for wounded Bel­gian sol­diers. Ini­tially there were 20 beds and the com­mu­nity ral­lied around to help, as with only 2/6 per day given by the War Of­fice for main­te­nance, there was no other fi­nan­cial help. Helpers came in from the vil­lage to wash up, mend clothes and do laun­dry. The last Bel­gian pa­tient left on July 5 1915 but from 3 April that year wounded Bri­tish troops started to ar­rive and the hospi­tal was en­larged to 35, then 50 beds. The pan­elled din­ing room was used as a re­cre­ation room and there are pho­to­graphs which show pa­tients play­ing cro­quet on the lawn.

The hospi­tal closed on Jan­uary 17, 1919. A to­tal of 412 pa­tients had passed through its doors, of whom only one died and was buried at the vil­lage church.

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