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Memorial Title

Red Cross VAD Hospital

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW1 memorial plaque commemorating the Red Cross VAD Hospital at Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Plaque Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Century Hall
Station Rd
Ashbourne
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE6 1AA

NGR:
SK 17847 46545
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
Century Hall is on the east side of Station Rd. The plaque is inside the porch, on the north wall.
Type
Overall type: Plaque Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


Description:

A cast iron plaque with the emblem of the International Red Cross at top left and a raised inscription in upright capital decorative lettering painted black on a white ground.

Glossary
Components:

ComponentMaterialHeightWidthDepthCondition
PlaqueCast iron15060010Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
    THIS BUILDING WAS USED
    AS AN AUXILIARY HOSPITAL
DURING THE GREAT WAR. 1914-1919.
Conflicts and people named:
ConflictFirst World War (1914-1919)Totals
Action or eventNot stated
Number died00
Number served and returned00
Total names00
Administration
Custodian: Ashbourne Methodist Church

Local authorities:
From WW1: Ashbourne Parish Council; Ashbourne Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Ashbourne Town Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
Early 1900s: Century Hall was built adjacent to the Methodist Church as a church hall.

c1918-c1919: The hall was used for the Red Cross VAD Hospital. This is the name used by the British Red Cross who staffed it with volunteer nurses and orderlies known as a Voluntary Aid Detachment.

Unknown date: The plaque was installed in the porch.

November, 1968: Ashbourne Conservation Area was first designated. Century Hall lies within it.

23rd July, 1992: Century Hall was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1109469.

10th July, 2019: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
References
Comments
This memorial commemorates the casualties who passed through the hospital and the local residents who volunteered to work as nurses or orderlies during wartime.

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