Soldiers at Normanby Hall during the First World War, when it was used as a convalescence hospital.

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Ref No:s02797
Date of Image:Circa 1914-1918
Date Period:First World War
Title:Soldiers at Normanby Hall during the First World War, when it was used as a convalescence hospital.
Description:The soldiers who used the convalescence hospital at Normanby Hall had a range of activities available to help occupy them. The recovering men had use of the Park golf course, cricket ground, tennis lawns and bowling green. In the winter concerts and Whist drives were held regularly and the patients had use of a piano, gramophone and billiard table. They also received a regular daily allowance of tobacco or cigarettes. During the summer months the men were taken for motor rides and occasionally by Steamer to Hull from Burton-Stather or Whitton. Local residents also visited the Hall to put on entertainment for the soldiers. Mr Miranda, who had come from India to commence studies in England shortly before War broke out, volunteered to drive the soldiers. He would fetch the soldiers from Sheffield in a large Daimler car. He regularly drove the soldiers to the local cinema or anywhere they wanted to visit. He received no wage for this work only visiting the servantís hall to receive meals.