Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) in Cumbria

Written by Administrator. Posted in Meetings

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 16th October was Richard Preston who gave a presentation about the Great War and Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) in Cumbria.

VADs were set up in 1908 and were dotted around Cumbria (Kendal, Windermere, Penrith and Carlisle as well as many more). There was a VAD hospital in Stramongate and of course at Westmorland General Hospital which had over 150 beds. In 1917, 2035 were treated in Cumberland and Westmorland alone and they continued until just after the war.