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Gainsborough hospital honours World War One heroes

Committee members and dignitaries standing outside John Coupland Hospital in Gainsborough

by Hollie Cowan

Local dignitaries and the community of Gainsborough this week gathered at John Coupland Hospital to commemorate the anniversary of the start of World War One.

From left to right: Colin Stubley, Diane Kettleborough, Steve Beard, Sally Smith who all work for NHS Property Services at John Coupland Hospital

From left to right: Colin Stubley, Diane Kettleborough, Steve Beard, Sally Smith who work for NHS Property Services at John Coupland Hospital

Commemorative trees were planted in the front gardens of the NHS Property Services hospital to honour the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. The hospital’s chaplain, Reverend Bill Williams conducted a brief service and local military groups such as the British Legion along with NHS Property Services laid wreaths.

Diane Kettleborough, Facilities Coordinator for NHS Property Services in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, said: “The hospital was such an important building during the First World War and we as a hospital feel honoured to remember the men and women who worked at the hospital and the soldiers who gave their lives for their country.”

John Coupland Hospital, which celebrated its centenary last year, was built under the terms of the will of George Coupland (1848-1903) in memory of his father John Coupland (1820-1881).

Photo of the staff and patients outside the main entrance, Matron Miss Gee, seated centre. Photo taken between 1913-18

Photo of the staff and patients outside the main entrance, Matron Miss Gee, seated centre. Photo taken between 1913-18

The foundation stone was laid in 1910 and the hospital opened in 1913. During 1914-18 of the First World War, about 75% of the hospital’s beds were used for the treatment of wounded soldiers. The ownership of the hospital passed to the newly created National Health Service in July 1948. The hospital transferred to NHS Property Services in April last year.