CITY City Hospital

Nottingham City Hospital During World War Two

1939: Air Raid Shelter Construction

Of course it was the Beveridge Report of 1942 that proved to be the starting point for not just the National Health Service but the entire Welfare State that was introduced by the post-war Labour Government under Clement Atlee. However, how did the Nottingham City Hospital cope with preparing itself to play its part in caring not only for people in the locality but to give priority not just to the allied wounded but also prisoners-of-war as well.

To try and give some idea, click on the various links were it will be possible to find out just what went on during that time.


In Preparation: Report to the Visiting Health Committee 22nd September 1939

7th  November 1940: Transcript of a letter sent to the Medical Superintendent from the Commander of the Bulwell Rescue Parties concerning the policies surrounding the rescue casualties following an air raid on the hospital.

Care of Wounded Service Personnel: Various Reports to the Visiting Health Committee from 1939 to 1941

7th January 1941: Emergency Evacuation of Hospitals

Digging for Victory: 1942 Staff lend a hand on the Nottingham City Hospital’s Farm

8 July 1943: Vera Lynn Entertains Wounded Soldiers

7th of September 1944 : Transcript of a letter from the Medical Superintendent, Dr Crawford Crowe to Mr J Richards, Town Clerk concerning German Prisoners of War at the Nottingham City Hospital.

The Nottingham City Hospital like all hospitals throughout the whole of the United Kingdom played its part in World War Two. However, unlike the 1914-18 war, it would this time care for German prisoners-of-war, which on one occasion, late in the war, in September 1944, was asked to accept as many as 170 wounded prisoners from the fighting that was taking place in Europe.

Hospitals’ like many other services such as transport, both road and rail, right down to food distribution was handled and controlled by the Government. Because of governmental control, all hospitals were therefore expected to handle matters of emergency and routine in a uniformed manner, which in a way formed the catalyst for the eventual inception of the National Health Service in July 1948.