Monday, 10 December 2018

Peace On Earth - An Archive Advent Calender #10

Today's archive is a souvenir/ autograph book containing drawings, poems and messages from patients of the British Farmers Hospital and the Number 2 Anglo-Belgian hospital, Calais, France from 1916 to 1918. It was handed in by the descendants of the nurse who compiled the book - Orcadian Lily Gunn.

Lily Gunn (left) and colleague at the front of the former Balfour hospital, now West End Hotel.

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Orkney Archive Reference D1/983

A post card sent to Lily from Southampton.


  1. The first photo shows the front of the Balfour Hospital, not the rear. It is taken in the hospital garden on the other side of Main Street, subsequently Costies' tennis courts and now occupied by houses.

  2. Thanks Paul, we'll correct the caption above. Hope you are enjoying the rest of the Advent Archives?


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