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The Peak Hydro, Buxton: Canadian Hospital
Canadian Hospital
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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"[1]. The hotel was described as" luxuriously furnished" and with "the finest cuisine"[1]. 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[2]. On 11 Aug 1916 the Duchess of Devonshire opened the Canadian Red Cross Hospital which had been set up at the hotel[3]. The Times noted that" many Canadians were present, including Major-General Sir Sam Hughes"[3].

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![4]

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


"The Peak Hydro, Buxton Canadian Hospital", published by R. Sneath, 3 Paradise St., Sheffield. Posted Buxton 5 Jun 1918
In a private collection (PC) Researched by and © Ann Andrews Intended for personal use only
References:

[1] The Times, 13 Aug, 1914
[2] Beresford, Charles "The Bath at War, A Derbyshire Community and the Great War" (2007). Country Books/Ashridge Press
[3] The Times, 12 Aug, 1916
[4] The Times, 1 Jan, 1918


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