2nd Western General Hospital

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 MMC/9/50
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 J b 47
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      22 items

Administrative / Biographical History

Manchester became a major centre for dealing with wounded servicemen during the First World War. The main military hospital was the 2nd Western General Hospital. The Hospital had been planned by the East Lancashire Territorial Association, it was mobilized in August 1914. The staff of the 2nd Western General Hospital mostly comprised of honorary staff of MRI and medical teaching staff of Manchester University. Its size was originally defined at 520 beds, but this was later greatly extended. The hospital was originally based in Central Higher Grade School, Whitworth Street, and the Day Training College, Princess Street. It later had a branch at the School of Domestic Economy on High Street (Hathersage Road). The Hospital had over 800 beds and also used additional beds in the civil hospitals. By November 1918 there were 5,239 beds and 220,548 patients been treated. The Hospital was decommissioned in 1919.


Six series:

  • /1 Regulations
  • /2 Searchlight (in-house journal)
  • /3 History
  • /4 Building
  • /5 Staff
  • /6 Events

The official records of the Hospital are not believed to have been retained.