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Location of 108 (Br) General Hospital 1945
« on: Saturday 07 October 17 12:02 BST (UK) »
Can anyone tell me where the 108 British General Hospital was located in 1945.  I know it was somewhere around the Brussels area. My father in law was admitted to it and I would also like to know when, and for what reason.  Are there medical records or admission registers?

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Re: Location of 108 (Br) General Hospital 1945
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 07 October 17 12:27 BST (UK) »
This from ScarletFinders.co.uk:

108 British General Hospital
Woolwich 7/43 to 3/44 then to Naburn; Naburn 3/44 to 7/44 then to Ranchy; Ranchy 7/44 to 10/44 then to Brussels; Brussels 10/44 to 18/6/46 then disbanded.

See: http://www.scarletfinders.co.uk/112.html
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: Location of 108 (Br) General Hospital 1945
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 12 October 17 23:03 BST (UK) »
You could try to access the War Diary in Kew as this would tell you.  The other good source is the relevant volume of The Army Medical Services by FA Crew.  I got a copy from inter library loan in the UK but that was for India and Burma.

The 8th General Hospital had arrived in Brussels on 11th September 1944 shortly after the city was liberated and was in buildings currently occupied by the St Pierre University Hospital.  The 108th BGH arrived in October 1944.

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Re: Location of 108 (Br) General Hospital 1945
« Reply #3 on: Friday 13 October 17 14:52 BST (UK) »
I take it that  "The Army Medical Services" is a reference work and FA Crew the author. I'll have to wait to visit Kew as I'm in Glasgow.

Do you know if there are any medical records for individuals still available?

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Re: Location of 108 (Br) General Hospital 1945
« Reply #4 on: Friday 13 October 17 18:07 BST (UK) »
Hi

Yes, you are right on the book.  It is a series of volumes of the Official War History.  It comes up if you google it and Abebooks have some volumes for sale as well but I couldn't see the volume that covered France and Belgium in 1944-5.  Volume V which covers India and Burma is very detailed and a great resource. 
There are a couple of guys who will photograph the war diaries for you for a fee but still much cheaper than the National Archives or a trip from Glasgow.  One posts here called Drew and if you look n WWII Talk there are one or two others.  The War Diaries I have seen do not have the details of individuals in them as that would be confidential (and too much as they had up to a thousand patients at any one time).  I think you best bet for medical records is that his hospital visits and illnesses may be on his personal records from the MOD.  Have you ordered them?
Have you looked on FindMyPast to see if he was wounded?
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