at the start of WWI

Army camps: history and development, 1858-2000 


lots of  detail about the construction

Copyright University of York

Army camps: the beginning of the Military Hospital Catterick 1915

Military Hospital Catterick WWI narrow gage military rail line in hospital grounds

During  and earlier project lead by the Catterick History Group A1 Community Works Ltd assisted with volunteer hours many of the photographs are copies from part of their collection and the (c) of these photgraphs is acknowledged. From this project came the idea to research more about the commonwealth graves @ Hipswell

This is the background to their stories  Research was hindered by the fact that more than 60% of World War One military records were destroyed during World War Two. Minimal information was gleaned from the Medal Card Indices, the Soldiers Effects Register and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Whilst there was much information for some of the deceased, for others there was only name, rank and number. -dates if no or limited records were found. Medals were awarded for various aspects of service. British War Medal was awarded when the recipient had left the shores not necessarily to a theatre of war. Victory Medal was awarded for action in a theatre of war, so you could receive the British War Medal on its own but the Victory Medal was issued in conjunction with the British War Medal.  1914 Star medal was issued to those who had served in France or Belgium between 5th August 1914 and 22nd November 1914, it was also known as the Mons Star. The 1914/15 Star was issued for personnel who saw action against Germany between 5th August 1915 and 31st December 1915 unless a 1914 Star had already been issued. The recipient of these medals would have also received the British War and Victory Medals.Burial and headstone inscriptions gave limited information on names and addresses of next of kinFurther confirmation was sought from a number of commercial as well as free sites which helped to confirm the service personnel’s details.Research revealed that the deaths were not all a direct result of service but ranged from illness to suicides to accidental death. There are profiles of each soldier over the next pages recorded by the year of death




Military Hospital there  is an account that states the lily ponds could be seen from the Sandes Home for Soldiers, the patients were wearing blue uniforms

 After the demolition of the original hospital buildings and the erection of the Duchess of Kent Hospital on the other side of the  A6136west of Horne Road. The Belton Park Housing estate was built within the

hospital curtilage




Sandes Soldiers Home




Close to us  is the  Military Hospital

see article on the left




WWI Military Hospital laid out in rows marked Hospl, to the right is the Isolation Hospital. Possibly used to quarantine the meningitis patients




Catterick welfare map marked Belmont Park shows a residential estate built on the old hospital site.

Left of Belton Park is the Sandes home and the roundabout was Camp Central.

Recently Aldi have built a new super market to the left of the Sandes building this will help you to get the feel of where you are today in the Garrison