The Healing Days

For personal accounts of Burlish Camps during ‘The Healing Days’ click here

United States General Hospitals 114 and 297 (September 1944 – June 1945)

healing-days114th GENERAL HOSPITAL
U.S HOSPITAL PLANT No. 4171
BEWDLEY CAMP No.2

Opened: 1st September 1944
Closed: 29th June 1945

Commanding Officer :
Colonel Stuart A. Cameron until October 1944
Colonel John B. Chester from November 1944

Unit strength: 58 Officers, 1 Warrant Officer, 83 Nurses, 452 Enlisted Men, 2 Hospital Dietitians, 2 Physical Therapy Aides and 5 Red Cross Workers.

Bed capacity: 1442 patients

The 114th General Hospital arrived at Gourock, Scotland on 5th August 1944 and boarded a train for Bewdley Station the following day.

The Hospital officially opened for patients on 1st September 1944.

The first hospital train with casualties for the 114th arrived at Stourport Station on 20th September 1944.

Approximately 4,500 casualties were dealt with, the majority arriving at the Stourport railhead in hospital trains from ports and airfields in the south of England.

hospital297th GENERAL HOSPITAL
U.S HOSPITAL PLANT No. 4170
BEWDLEY CAMP No. 1

Opened: 17th July 1944
Closed: 29th June 1945

Commanding Officer: Colonel Francis W. Pruitt

Unit strength: 56 Officers, 1 Warrant Ocer, 83 Nurses, 500 Enlisted Men, 3 Hospital Dietitians, 3 Physical Therapy Aides and 5 Red Cross Workers.

Bed capacity: 1442 patients.

The 297th General Hospital arrived at Gourock, Scotland on 6th June 1944 and boarded a train for Llandudno which was a hospital training area.

On 19th June the organisation proceeded by rail to Bewdley.

The first hospital train with 293 casualties for the 297th General Hospital arrived at Stourport Station on 19th July 1944.

During the period of operation a total of 7,570 casualties were dealt with.

On the 24th and 25th August 1944 the 114th and 297th General Hospitals departed from Kidderminster by train for Southampton where they boarded the liner Queen Elizabeth for New York.

For personal accounts of Burlish Camps during ‘The Healing Days’ click here

To download a PDF of Camp No.1 Map click here or for Camp No.2 Map click here

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