Between November 1914 and April 1919 Henley Memorial Hall was home to a hospital for wounded serviceman manned by volunteers. It treated 1,576 patients.

When the chairman of the legion’s Henley branch, Dennis Cox, found out about it last year, he was shocked hardly anyone in the town knew about it.

Between Sunday 3rd and Saturday 9th August, the legion will be recreating the hospital in the memorial hall on Station Road.

The whole project was due to cost upwards of £8,000 and around £4,500 had been raised. Now the legion have received a £4,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

On Sunday 3rd August, there will be a parade and drumhead service in St Nicholas Churchyard, Beaudesert Lane, at 11am.

Later that day the recreated hospital will be officially opened by local sol- icitor David Lodder, whose grandparents helped run the hospital 100 years ago.

For more information see a feature on Henley’s WWI hospital in the Focus magazine accompanying this week’s Herald.

A photo of the open air ward at Henley's WWI hospital.

A photo of the open air ward at Henley’s WWI hospital.