|Hospital main entrance - (nla.obj-41196525)|
I was on duty in a ward with fifteen patients who had three legs between them. I felt a coward, and shrank from meeting them at first, for they shamed me with their cheeriness and independence, doing things for themselves and helping others.When the hospital at Southall was established it was to cater for 250 patients but within a month the proposed patient intake was adjusted to 500. It was to be a specialised institution for the fitting of artificial limbs. (Butler p 654-655)
The unit war diaries for the hospital outline the various departments including Surgical department, Medical Officers, X-Ray and Massage departments and, of course, Nursing.
|Workshops for diabled soldiers - nla.obj-41197851|
|Some patients assembled on tennis court - nla.obj-41197592|
Janet Gaff worked at No 2 AAH for a short time on several occasions while she was waiting to be assigned to a Sea Transport Service troop ship for the return trip to Australia with injured troops.
No 2 Australian Auxiliary Hospital Southall, Middlesex. London: Qualis Photo Company,  available via National Library of Australia catalogue
Australian War Memorial - Unit War Diaries - No 2 AAH, Southall August 1916 - April 1919
Bassett, Jan. Guns and Brooches: Australian Army Nursing from the Boer War to the Gulf War. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992
Butler, AG. The Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services in the War 1914-1918. volume 3. Canberra: Australian War Memorial, 1943