AT ONE time, special military trains would pull into a dedicated station at the old Royal Victoria Military Hospital overlooking Southampton Water.

This photograph shows one of the trains, carrying injured servicemen, arriving at the station – part of the hospital which opened in 1863.

For more than 100 years the hospital and its dedicated team of doctors and nurses cared for thousands of wounded troops borne there from wherever in the world British armed services were fighting.

Daily Echo:

Many of the early military nurses who served at Netley did their civilian training at St Thomas’s and other London hospitals. The first Army nurses to serve overseas left Netley in 1879, led by a Mrs Deeble, the lady superintendentor matron, to serve in the Zulu war.

The military trains would pick up the patients from floating hospital ships in Southampton and then transport them on the special line to Netley.

A parade through Netley village followed by a ball and firework display at the hospital’s officers’ mess marked its closure in 1978.

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