Item MS-13-11, SF Box 57, Folder 14, Item 1 - Brochure on the history of the Dalhousie University No. 7 Stationary Hospital

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Brochure on the history of the Dalhousie University No. 7 Stationary Hospital

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MS-13-11, SF Box 57, Folder 14, Item 1

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  • [ca. 1919] (Creation)
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    Dalhousie University. No. 7 Overseas Stationary Hospital

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12 p. of textual records : brochure ; 13 x 22 cm

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(1915-1918)

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The Dalhousie University No. 7 Overseas Stationary Hospital was established in response to the need for qualified medical personnel to serve in the First World War. After the fifth-year medical students volunteered their collective services in August 1914, President Mackenzie wrote to the War Office with an offer on behalf of Dalhousie to raise, staff and equip a stationary hospital similar to those recruited from other Canadian universities. Twice rejected, in September 1915 Dalhousie’s proposal was finally authorized, and two months later the hospital was mobilized, having recruited a staff of 165. Of the twelve medical officers, most were Dalhousie graduates or faculty, while many of the 27 nurses were graduates of the Victoria General Hospital. Fourteen enrolled students and nine alumni joined the unit as privates. The unit was led by Dr. John Stewart, who was later appointed Dean of Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine.

The newly formed unit was given the university’s former Medical College Building as training quarters, and on 31 December 1915 the No. 7 embarked from St. John, New Brunswick. After setting up at the Shorncliffe Military Hospital in Kent, England, the unit made its way to France in June 1916, where it took charge of a British base hospital at La Havre and established a second hospital on the city's outskirts. A year later it transferred to St. Omer to set up a tent hospital, where on 8 June 1917 it met its first consignment of wounded, which consisted of 392 German soldiers.

Until April 1918, the No. 7 served in the “Evacuation Zone,” where patients transferred from front-line clearing hospitals were treated and stabilized before being moved to hospitals in their own countries.

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File contains a brochure on the history of the Dalhousie University No. 7 Stationary Hospital. The brochure includes a brief history of the hospital and a nominal role of staff that worked with the hospital. The brochure also includes transcriptions of letters and lists of staff transferred in and out of the hospital.

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Another copy of the brochure is located in MS-13-2, SF Box 56, Folder 3.

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