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Orpington Hospital celebrates military past

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A “history panel” was unveiled at Orpington Hospital in Kent yesterday to commemorate its past as one of the greatest military hospitals in the world.

The hospital was built during the First World War and known locally as the “Canadian Hospital” because of the 15,000 Canadian troops it treated during the conflict.

Some of the huts that formed part of the original 2,000 bed hospital were still in use in the 1960s.

The institution obviously made its mark. An issue of the Nursing Times, published in 1916, said: “There is a camaraderie about the Canadian Hospital that is difficult to describe.”

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