Gerstley-Hoare Hospital
for Officers
53 Cadogan Square, Belgravia, SW1X 0HY
Medical dates:

Medical character:
1916 - 1919


During WW1 Louise Hoare, cousin of the politician Samuel Hoare, joined the British Red Cross.  After initial training, she was appointed Commandant of the London /58 Westminster Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.)

In January 1916, together with her wealthy friend Mrs Adele Gerstley, she opened a Hospital for Officers at 53 Cadogan Square.  It was designated a Class A Hospital and had 25 beds.  The nursing staff consisted of 3 trained nurses, and 5 full-time and 20 part-time members of the /58 V.A.D.  Mrs Gerstley acted as administrator and Miss Hoare as Commandant.

Affiliated with Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital at Millbank, it was one of the few London hospitals that admitted casualties direct from abroad rather than via a military hospital (the others were the Weir Hospital, Mrs F.W. Salisbury-Jones' Hospital for Officers and the Hospital for Officers at 24 Park Street.

The Hospital closed for three weeks in February 1918 for thorough cleaning, opening again in March 1918.

It finally closed in April 1919.  During its operational lifetime, some 550 patients had been treated, of whom two had died.

Present status (May 2010)

No. 53 Cadogan Square has been converted into an apartment block.

53 Cadogan Sq  
No. 53 Cadogan Square.
(Author unstated) 1917 List of the various hospitals treating military cases in the United Kingdom.  London, H.M.S.O.

(Author unstated) 1925 The British Red Cross Society.  County of London Branch Annual Reports 1914-1924.  London, Harrison & Sons.


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