Reading’s First World War Hospitals

Reading was one of the largest war hospital complexes during the First World War.  It was based on Battle Hospital as War Hospital No. 1 and a number of schools and larger houses were taken over to accommodate the wounded. The main war hospitals were run by the military but many of the auxiliary hospitals were run by the Red Cross. The first war hospital opened in 1914 and the last one closed in 1920. This is their story. 

This is the third of three talks in the War and Remembrance Talks series. The other talks take place on 13th October and 10th November. You may book tickets for individual events or for all three talks in the series for a reduced price.  

After the talk, tea/coffee and cake will be available (included in the price). Pre-booking is preferred, but you can pay on the door, if there are spaces available.  

To book, scroll down.


Thu 08 Dec


14:00 - 15:30

Tickets from



The Centre for Heritage & Family History
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ


The Centre - Berkshire FHS


  • Lionel Williams
    Lionel Williams

    Lionel trained as a medical photographer in London and opened a new Medical Photography Department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) in 1964. He held the position of Chief Medical Photographer at the RBH between 1964 and 2004.

    On retirement, Lionel joined the Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre, which is the body responsible for running the Royal Berkshire Medical Museum. He is now its Secretary. He has written and co-written a number of books and guide on the subject of medical history and the museum’s collections.