Helen Bain Album

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

An album compiled by Helen H Bain, who worked as a nurse at the South African Military Hospital, Richmond, and the King George V Hospital, Dublin. The album contains photographs of patients and staff at these hospitals, as well as photographs of the buildings and surrounding area, as well as written messages from patients and friends.

Administrative / Biographical History

Helen H Bain was born in Dundee, where she trained as a nurse at the Royal Infirmary. From about 1917 to 1919 she worked at the South African Military Hospital in Richmond Park. The hospital had opened in 1916 as the South African Hospital and merged in July 1918 with the Richmond Military Hospital. It was paid for by the South African Hospital and Comforts Fund Committee, whose members were mostly wealthy South Africans living in the UK. It closed as a hospital in 1921 and was demolished in 1925. In 1920, Helen went to work at the King George V Hospital in Dublin.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access and can be viewed at Richmond upon Thames Local Studies Library and Archive. No appointment is necessary to view archival material.

The opening times and address for Richmond upon Thames Local Studies Library and Archive can be found online at: http://www.richmond.gov.uk/localstudies

If you would like further information about accessing this collection or have any other queries, please contact Richmond upon Thames Local Studies Library and Archive through any of the contact methods listed at: http://www.richmond.gov.uk/localstudies

Related Material

Records relating to the King George V Hospital, Dublin are held at the UK National Archives (WO 372/23, T1/11570). Records relating to Dundee Royal Infirmary are held at Dundee University Archives.

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