Hidden Home Front: Episode 3 - Caring for the wounded

Hidden Home Front: Caring for the Wounded

Thousands of wounded soldiers were cared for in the more than 30 convalescent hospitals and homes in the West Midlands. As military hospitals were soon overwhelmed.

​The wounded in their distinctive blue and red uniforms became a familiar sight in the towns and villages across Worcestershire.  They were nursed by women who had never previously worked outside the home and their experiences changed their lives forever.

​Many of the convalescence hospitals were opened by privat individuals in large houses and public buildings across the county.

​In Episode 3 of our series Hidden Histories of the Home Front Lesley Spiers, Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester, tells the stories of hospitals such as Abbey Manor near Evesham and its formidable owner Mrs Florence Haynes Rudge who cared for more than 3600 wounded soldiers from 1915-1919.

KEYWORDS: Women, World War I, Home Front, Wounded, Convalescence, Medical, Worcestershire, Maggie Andrews

In World War 1, Worcestershire,

Presented by:

Lesley Spiers, University of Worcester

Directed by:

Sean Griffiths


Professor Maggie Andrews, University of Worcester

Thanks to:

Jill & John Phipps, Abbey Manor

Recorded By:

Andy Partington

Images Kindly Supplied by:

Imperial War Museum, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, Library of Congress

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