Broughall Cottage V.A.D. Hospital

broughall cottage   
In 1915 the V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment) Hospital was opened under General Buston and Mrs Lambert in the house of Mr H.L. Storey at Broughall Cottage. They had beds for 20 patients and two trained nurses to look after soldiers from the front. Monetary donations and gifts of food and cigarettes were regularly featured in the Whitchurch Herald.

Philip Buston

Philip Buston was born in Twyford, Hampshire in 1853, the son of the Reverend Roger Buston and his wife Anne Mary Buston. He joined the Royal Engineers and became a major in 1889. He served during the Boer War and was awarded the D.S.O. in 1901. After retiring from the army he went to live at Tilstock Lodge, Whitchurch.
H L Storey
Herbert Lushington Storey was born in Lancaster in 1853, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Storey. He had many business interests including the family's industrial firm. In 1882 he married Miss Emily Muriel Fisher of Cheadle and they had two children.  Herbert was a philanthropist, giving money to many academic, educational and social causes. In 1910  Mrs Storey died at Broughall Cottage, Whitchurch. The following year H.L. Storey was elected President of the Whitchurch and District Agricultural Society. He also hunted with the Cheshire, North Shropshire and Sir Watkin Wynn's Hounds.


Broughall Cottage V.A.D. Hospital — 6 Comments

  1. Do you have any diaries written by women from ww1? I am involved in a research based in the Qube Oswestry?

  2. I am researching a soldier who spent time at the Broughall Cottage VAD hospital. Do you have any more photos?

    • Hi Ben. We have been in touch via email so just let us know when you’ll be visiting Whitchurch and we’ll have the Broughall Cottage VAD hospital info waiting for you to look through.

  3. Hi I am researching the ambulance service in Salop prior to the establishment of the NHS in 1948. I have discovered that before this date, ambulance provision was the responsibility of the local constabulary and voluntary organisations such as the Red Cross and St John. Please would you be able to help me with any information? Many thanks

    • Many thanks for your enquiry. We don’t have any material in our archives specifically relating to the ambulance service in Whitchurch and the surrounding area. There is evidence that the railway companies also provided ambulance services, but it is not clear whether these were limited to the railways or applied more widely? If it helps, we have a locally written book ‘Whitchurch Hospitals, their history & medical care’ by Dr John Clayton which we can make available at the cost of £5. We have also recently undertaken research into Nursing Associations and would be happy to send you a copy of that research. Let us know if you would like to follow up on either of these

      Terry Fry
      Volunteer, Whitchurch Museum & Archives

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