St Laurence V.A.D. Hospital
St Laurence Church Hall, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster,
Essex RM14  2AJ

Medical dates:

Medical character:
1914 - 1918

Convalescent (military)
The St Laurence V.A.D. Hospital originally opened as a convalescent home for sick and wounded servicemen.  It was under the direction of Dr J. Storrs Brookfield and was run at the entire expense of supporters living in the neighbourhood.

The establishment was later offered to the Essex branch of the British Red Cross Society, and it became a Class B hospital (i.e. for ambulant patients) with 15-20 beds.  The patients were cared for by the local Voluntary Aid Detachment.

In 1917 the Hospital had 16 beds and was affiliated to  Colchester Military Hospital.

It presumably closed at the end of 1918.

Present status (November 2010)

The Hall is still in use for community events.

St Laurence church hall

The Church Hall (above and below) is actually two halls - a large and a small one.

St Laurence church hall

Upminster war memorial
The Hall is tucked away on the edge of the churchyard, with the Upminster War Memorial  nearby.
References (Accessed 7th March 2014)

(Author unstated) 1917 List of the various hospitals treating military cases in the United Kingdom.  London, H.M.S.O.

Loyd A.K. (ed)  The British Red Cross Society Country Branches, Vol. 1.  London, British Red Cross Society.


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