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The First Eastern General Hospital was a military hospital established by Royal Army Medical Corps in 1908 provisional upon mobilisation. Many of Addenbrooke's medical and nursing staff served on its staff in both world wars. The Matron of Addenbrooke's was also the Matron of the First Eastern. During World War I the hospital had its headquarters in Trinity College, with beds in the Leys School and in the grounds of Trinity College, and later in temporary buildings on the cricket grounds of Clare College and King's College to the south of Burrell's Walk, with over 1,500 beds by the end of 1915. The hospital continued its war duties until 1920. Wounded soldiers were also offered beds in Addenbrooke's itself, Albert, Griffiths and Bowtell wards being commandeered for this purpose and regarded as an extension of the First Eastern. The last soldiers were withdrawn from these wards in March 1919, 2885 having been admitted since 1915.

During World War II the First Eastern became known as the Twentieth General Hospital. It was commanded by Charles Budd, who had been Senior Anaesthetist at Addenbrooke's. The Leys School, which had been evacuated to Pitlochry, was opened as an annexe of Addenbrooke's.

War Hospitals in Britain
  • 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge
  • 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton
  • 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell
  • 2nd London General Hospital, Chelsea
  • 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth
  • 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill
  • 5th London General Hospital, St Thomas's
  • 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle
  • 2nd Northern General Hospital, Leeds (Beckett's Park Hospital)
  • 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
  • 4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln
  • 5th Northern General Hospital, Leicester
  • 1st Scottish General Hospital, Aberdeen
  • 2nd Scottish General Hospital, Edinburgh
  • 3rd Scottish General Hospital, Glasgow
  • 4th Scottish General Hospital, Stobhill
  • 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham
  • 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol
  • 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford
  • 4th Southern General Hospital, Plymouth
  • 5th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth
  • 2/1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham
  • 1st Western General Hospital, Fazakerly
  • 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester
  • 3rd Western General Hospital, Cardiff
  • 4th Canadian General Hospital, Park Prewett, Hampshire
  • Abram Peel Hospital Bradford
  • Addington Park War Hospital, Croydon
  • Alder Hey Hospital Orthopedic Hospital
  • Aldershot Special Military Surgical Section, Cambridge Hospital
  • Alnwick Military Convalescent Hospital
  • Ashurst War Hospital, Littlemore, Oxford
  • Bangour Special Military Surgical Section, Edinburgh War Hospital
  • Barnwell, Cambridge
  • Beaufort War Hospital, Fishponds, Bristol
  • Belfast War Hospital
  • Brighton Grove Hospital, Newcastle
  • 1st Birmingham War Hospital
  • 2nd Birmingham War Hospital
  • Birtles, Chelford
  • Blandford Camp Hospital
  • Bulford Military Hospital (1st Australian Dermatological Hospital.)
  • Catterick Camp Hospital
  • Cannock Chase Camp Hospital
  • Castle Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  • Central Hospital, Lichfield Barracks
  • Charterhouse Military Hospital, London
  • Cherryhinton
  • Chiseldon Military Hospital
  • Clipstone Camp Hospital
  • Codford Camp Hospital
  • Connaught Hospital, Aldershot
  • Craiglockhart War Hospital Edinburgh
  • Cromarty Camp Hospital
  • Devonport
  • Duke of Connaught's Auxiliary Hospital, Ireland
  • Dunblane War Hospital Perthshire
  • Dykebar War Hospital, Paisley
  • East of Scotland Limbless Hospital, Musselburgh
  • Edinburgh War Hospital
  • Edmonton Special Military Surgical Hospital
  • Ewell (County of London) War Hospital
  • Fargo Camp Hospital
  • Fovant Camp Hospital
  • Gateshead War Hospital, Stannington
  • Glen Lomond War Hospital, Fife
  • Grantham Camp Hospital
  • Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester
  • Hampstead Military Hospital
  • Haxely Down Camp Hospital, Winchester
  • Hemel Hempsted (Gadebridge)
  • Hilsea Military Hospital
  • Holywood Military Convalescent Hospital, Belfast
  • Horton (County of London) War Hospital
  • Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers, Erskine House, Glasgow
  • Killingbeck Military Hospital
  • Kinmel Park Camp Hospital
  • The King Edward VII Hospital, Cardiff
  • King's Lancashire Military Convalescent Hospital
  • King's Military Convalescent Hospital, Blackpool
  • Lancaster House Auxiliary Hospital, Manchester
  • Leeds War Hospital
  • London University College Hospital
  • Lord Derby War Hospital. Warrington
  • Magdalen Camp Hospital
  • Manor (County of London) War Hospital, Epson
  • Maudsley Neurological Hospital, Denmark Hill
  • Military Hospital, Portobello, Dublin
  • Military Hospital, Whittingham, Preston
  • Murthly War Hospital, Perth
  • Napsbury War Hsopital, St Albans
  • Nell Lane Military Hospital, West Didsbury
  • Royal Victoria Military Hospital, Netley Southampton
  • New Bridge St, Manchester
  • Norfolk War Hospital
  • Northamptonshire War Hospital
  • Northumberland War Hospital, Gosforth
  • Notts County War Hospital, Radcliffe-on-Trent
  • Oulton Hall Hospital
  • Orchard Hospital Military Convalescent Hospital, Dartford
  • Oswestry Camp Hospital
  • Paddington Military Hospital
  • Prees Heath Camp Hospital
  • Prince of Wales Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers, Cardiff
  • Princess Patricia Hospital, Bray, Wicklow
  • Queen Mary's Convalescent Hospital, Roehampton
  • Queen Mary's Military Hospital, Whalley
  • Red Cross Military Hospital, Moss Side, Liverpool
  • Richmond War Hospital, Dublin
  • Ripon Camp Hospital
  • Robroyston War Hospital
  • Rochester Row Military Hospital
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Great Portland St
  • Rubery Hill
  • Seale Haye Neurological Hospital Newton Abbot
  • Shaffords Camp Hospital
  • Shepherds Bush Military Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Silkstone Camp Hospital, near Barnsley
  • Sobroan Barracks Military Hospital, Colchester
  • Spike Island
  • Springfield War Hospital, Wandsworth
  • Summerdown Camp Military Convalescent Hospital, Easbourne
  • Sutton Veny Camp Hospital
  • Swanage Camp Hospital
  • Thetford Camp Hospital
  • Tooting Grove
  • Toxteth Park Military Hospital
  • Ulster Volunteer Force Hospital, Belfast
  • Warlingham
  • Wareham Camp Hospital
  • The Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital, Cardiff
  • Wharncliffe War Hospital
  • Whittingham Military Hospital, Preston
  • Woodcote Park Military Convalescent Hospital
  • Wool (Bovington) Camp Hospital


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