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Opening of Helston and District War Memorial, or Cottage, Hospital, 21st May 1923

NumberHESFM:1989.5498
PlaceHelston Cornwall United Kingdom
Date21.5.1923
KeywordsHelston War and Conflict World War One Events Cottage Hospital
PhotographerUnknown
Copyright© Helston Museum

A photographic postcard of the opening of Helston and District War Memorial Hospital, commonly known as the Cottage Hospital, at Green Downs, Helston. The opening ceremony took place on Whit Monday, 21st May 1923. The deed of the site is being handed to Sir Arthur Pendarves Vivian, President of the Helston Cottage Hospital Committee, by Mr J Walker Tyack, Town Clerk. Mayor and Honorary Treasurer of the Helston Cottage Hospital Committee, William James Johns is seated in the front centre of the photograph and the Bishop of Truro is seated to the far left. The hospital was built as a war memorial to the upwards of 200 men from Helston and district who gave their lives in the First World War between 1914 and 1918. The project of building a cottage hospital for a war memorial was first conceived in July 1919. Supporters from Land’s End to Helston raised £9,130 in money, services rendered and gifts in kind to build and equip the hospital. Building of the hospital began about 1922. Mr E H Winn of Helston was the builder and prepared the plans for the hospital. Mr R J Wearne, district sanitary inspector, carried out the duties of clerk of works.