CMH – Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, UK
Cambridge Military Hospital opened in 1879 to serve the British Army. It was also used by the NHS in later years and closed in 1996.
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Cambridge Military Hospital, or CMH was built to serve the various British Army camps based around Aldershot. The hospital which was built by Messrs Martin Wells and Co. of Aldershot opened in 1879.
The hospital does not have any associations with the town of Cambridge, as its name would suggest. Cambridge Military Hospital was actually named after Prince George, Duke of Cambridge who was the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army at the time. 1
The hospital is famous for its “mile long corridor”. The corridor probably isn’t quite that long but it certainly does feel it when walking down it. The plan was to have a number of self-contained wards, each for a different regiment, connected to the corridor, but the plans were changed and the hospital opened with each area specialising in a different type of treatment instead.
CMH was the first place in the UK where plastic surgery was performed. Captain Gillies had been on leave in France where he met with the surgeon Hippolyte Morestin and learnt from him while he reconstructed the faces of people who suffered with cancer. Upon his return, Captain Gillies put these skills into practice on people injured in battle. 2
The British army saw a decline in demand after the second world war, and as a result civilian patients began being admitted to the hospital. The hospital closed in 1996 due to the high cost of running the old buildings.
I have had three visits to CMH, each more successful than the previous. The first visit saw Kriegaffe9 and I trapped in a courtyard for several hours after activity begin at its only entry/exit point moments after we entered. We eventually managed to get out and decided to bail due to on-going activity around the site.
The second visit saw ProjectM4yhem, The Mule and I get busted for the first (and to-date only) time at this location. Security handed us over to the military police but, unbeknown to them, this was after we’d explored the maternity hospital and seen the “bleeding doors” and still working lights.
The third visit with ZeroUE turned out to be most fruitful. After an all-nighter at another location we headed to CMH and made our way into one of the buildings. We were not prepared for what we found! We had somehow managed to discover a previously explored x-ray department that still had the power on and had functional x-ray machines! We spent a fair bit of time around the x-ray department before heading over to the main wards of the hospital. I have written a separate report for the CMH X-Ray Department.
Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital
Cambridge Military Hospital Main Building
The X-Ray Department
View more X-Ray Department pictures on the Frimley Park X-Ray Department at CMH Report
More from the X-Ray Department
Please visit my report about Frimley Park X-Ray Department for all the pictures and write-up about our x-ray machine find.
If you liked this report please check out Proj3ct M4yh3m's Cambridge Military Hospital report too.