In August 1914 the Peak Hydro advertised that they had "the
finest ballroom in the North" as well as "the only
Turkish Baths in Buxton".
The hotel was described as" luxuriously furnished" and
Then war was declared and by November 1914 the "Royal
Engineers had set up a headquarters for the preliminary training
of 1,800 men" at the Hydro.
On 11 Aug 1916 the Duchess of Devonshire opened the Canadian
Red Cross Hospital which had been set up at the hotel.
The Times noted that" many Canadians were present,
including Major-General Sir Sam Hughes".
The back of the card, postmarked 5 Jun 1918, is franked
with the slogan "Buy National War Bonds". On January
1st of that year the National War Saving's Committee advertised
in The Times suggesting people should invest in National
War Bonds as a New Year Resolution as a patriot!
This card was sent to Private Alan Bleasdale 1045860, 2nd
C. C. D., Bramshott Camp, Bramshott, Haslemere. Written to
Albert from F.M.H.
The Canadians also took over another large Derbyshire Hotel
as a hospital - the Royal Hotel in Matlock Bath.
There is more about the Royal Hotel elsewhere
on this web site