at Frenchay Hospital...
the early years of the Second World War, Bristol was expecting many
casualties to result from the Blitz. So an emergency hospital was built,
with 15 wards, on the site of the Frenchay Children's Sanatorium.
the Blitz was not as severe as expected, so the hospital remained empty.
the Americans joined in the war after Pearl Harbour, Bristol offered the
use of the hospital to the US Forces in anticipation of the invasion of
continental Europe. The Americans accepted the hospital, but considered it
too small, so a further 15 wards were built.
succession of US Hospitals then began to used the facilities...
1942 - Sep 42 152nd Station Hospital
- Oct 42 77th
42 - Nov 42 2nd Evacuation
42 - May 44 298th General
list of personnel]
44 - Aug 44 100th General
44 - July 45 117th General Hospital [See
- Aug 45 52nd General Hospital
the war, the hospital was handed back to Bristol by the Americans in a
ceremony on 17 August 1945.
People at the American
Hospital in Frenchay...
written in 1992.
"Admissions & Discharges"
15-page manuscript document appears to be a partial record of admissions for the
298th, 100th & 117th
General Hospitals, covering the period from
December 1942 to December
1944. Over 900 names are recorded here.
if your dear old dad was a GI wounded on D-Day, you may find him lying in
a bed at Frenchay Hospital...!
Bracher, visited the Americans at the hospital.