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Oxford Inscriptions: Churchill Hospital and American Garden


American Garden at the Churchill

 

THE
CHURCHILL HOSPITAL
OPERATED BY
THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL IN BRITAIN
COMMANDING OFFICERS
DR. PHILIP D. WILSON
DR. WALLACE COLE
DR CHARLES BRADFORD
DR HARLAN WILSON
JANUARY 1942 – JULY 1942

2ND GENERAL HOSPITAL
(PRESBYTARIAN HOSPITAL OF NEW YORK UNIT)
COMMANDING OFFICER
COL. PAUL C. CRAWFORD, M.D., U.S. ARMY
JULY 1942 – APRIL 1944

91ST GENERAL HOSPITAL
COL. LESTER M. DYKE, M.S., U.S. ARMY
APRIL 1944 – JULY 1945

ERECTED 15 JULY 1945
PLATE FURNISHED BY OFFICERS’ AND NURSES’ CLUB 91ST GENERAL HOSPITAL

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SURGEON GENERAL U.S. ARMY
MAJ. GEN. NORMAN T. KIRK, U.S. ARMY

CHIEF SURGEON ETOUSA
MAJ. GEN. PAUL R. HAWLEY, U.S. ARMY

SURGEON U.K. BASE
BRIG. GEN. CHARLES S. SPRUIT, U.S. ARMY

The Churchill Hospital was built as an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Hospital in 1939/40 and it was taken over by the United States Medical Services on 3 January 1942. The above plaque was erected in 1945 and is opposite the main entrance to the hospital (on the wall of the American Garden).

Churchill walled garden

The American garden was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American hospital (but it had to be moved from its original site in 2006 to make way for the Cancer Hospital). A second plaque,below, also on the outside of the garden wall, commemorates this gift to the American people.

The
American
Garden

This garden was presented by

Dr Peter Iredale
Chairman of the Oxfordshire Health Authority

to

Dr Norbert J Krieg
Consul General of the United States of America

on behalf of the American people

on

29 June 1992

in

the hospital’s 50th Anniversary year
in grateful recognition of those who served here
1942 – 1945

 

Brief history of the Churchill Hospital

Stephanie Jenkins, 2013