Royal Gwent Hospital and Monmouthshire Red Cross Records

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of the Royal Gwent Hospital and the Monmouthshire Red Cross, 1854-1946, including hospital annual reports, 1854-1946; reports concerning activities of the Monmouthshire branch of the Red Cross, 1915-1918.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Newport Dispensary became known as the Newport Infirmary and Dispensary then the Newport and County Infirmary and in 1892 became the Newport and Monmouthshire Infirmary. From 1897 the name was changed to the Newport and Monmouthshire Hospital. The Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, took over the provision of healthcare in Monmouthshire from 1913. The British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War was formed in 1870. In 1905, it became the British Red Cross Society and was granted a Royal Charter by its first President, Queen Alexandra. The Voluntary Aid Scheme was introduced in 1909 and led to the formation of Voluntary Aid Detachments locally to provide medical support in times of war.


Arranged into the following: Annual reports of the Royal Gwent Hospital; Reports etc, concerning activities of the Monmouthshire Branch of the British Red Cross during the time of World War I.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Source not recorded


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Annual reports of the Royal Gwent Hospital, catalogue; British Red Cross Society (DSO/4), viewed 17 November 2003; British Red Cross website (, viewed 6 March 2006.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Gwent Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected