MHG56916 - WWI Naval hospital - Invergordon


A former WWI naval hospital, constructed close to a WWI army camp to the immediate northwest of Invergordon.

Type and Period (1)

  • ROYAL NAVAL HOSPITAL (First World War - 1914 AD to 1918 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A former WWI naval hospital, constructed close to a WWI army camp to the immediate northwest of Invergordon.

The first, and smaller Naval Hospital, lies close to military camp at the NW side of the town (NH 7054 6874) and comprises six buildings. According to the First World War map of the Invergordon Naval Base (held in a private collection) the hospital comprised the main building, which is still extant, and an observation hut to the rear. To the W of the existing building were the staff quarters and the ward to the rear. Two further buildings lie to the N of the ward. The 4th edition of the OS 6-inch map shows the main hospital building as a school. During the Second World War a map (held in a private collection) shows the building became HMS Flora, with an air raid shelter to the rear.
Recorded as part of HS/RCAHMS World War One Audit Project 2013. <1> <2> <3>

The site was investigated in 2015 as part of the ARCH project 'Invergordon in World War I'. The main hospital building was originally built as a Naval Officer's Club just before WWI, but was taken over for the hospital. Patients were taken from ships, using specially fitted steam-drifters. The hospital was conveniently located to transport casualties to the nearby station for ambulance trains. This hospital was small, at most with 50 beds, and during the war a larger Naval hospital was built on the east of the town (see MHG57060). <4> An aerial photograph shows that the other buildings around the main building were single storey wooden huts. <5>

See records for individual buildings (as recorded by ARCH):
MHG56917 (main building)
MHG56918 (probable ancilliary building)
MHG56944 (observation hut)
MHG56945 (hut or shed)
MHG56946 (hospital ward)
MHG56947 (staff quarters)
MHG56948 (possible ancilliary building)
MHG56949 (possible ancilliary building)

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Grid reference Centred NH 7055 6874 (100m by 104m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH76NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish ROSSKEEN

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