Unit History: BMH Colchester
Colchester Military Hospital was one of several army hospitals in England, UK. It is now closed and has been demolished. It closed when the QEMH Woolwich opened in 1977.
Colchester barracks area in Essex, England has always been a busy garrison and when the new barracks were built in 1856 a 20 hut hospital complex was built. This was replaced with a fine looking red brick hospital in 1896.
Colchester Military Hospital was able to treat about 221 patients in side rooms and eight traditional wards.
After the major wars of World War I and II and the Korean War the Colchester Military Hospital accepted civilian patients in 1959.
The Colchester Military Hospital was said to be haunted. There were several sightings of a ghost nurse in a Victorian nursing uniform walking down a corridor. She would suddenly vanish into thin air.
During World War II a patient reported a nurse in the same type of old fashioned nursing uniform changing his bandages. It was thought that the ghost was back helping her patients.
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