We are planning on opening the school to the public again to share the story of it being transformed into a Military Hospital during World War 1. If you have any information to share with the school or would like to find out more please get in touch through the contact us section or on twitter @Albany1914
This week this article was shared on the Cardiff now & then Facebook group – original article is from ‘The Hospital’ magazine, 14 November 1914. It is fascinating to read about how 5 schools were transformed so quickly into hospitals, an amazing feat. We were interested to read that the 5 schools were described as old (Albany would have been nearly 30 years old, still going strong at 135 years).
During one of our exhibitions we were very fortunate to be visited by someone who has an original postcard sent from Albany Military Hospital during World War One. The visitor had typed up what was written on the postcard for us to see. We thought it was amazing that the window to the ward had been marked with a cross as well. We felt quite emotional reading the postcard in year 6.
We are really pleased to have our Albany Military Hospital exhibition listed on the Mapping the Centenary portal on the Imperial War Museum website. Since 2014 the children have been so proud to research and share the school’s story from World War One? Mapping the Centenary is a digital portal containing information about projects and activities that marked the First World War Centenary from 2014 – 2019. We are delighted to have our work recognised on this. Here is a link to the website – https://www.iwm.org.uk/partnerships/mapping-the-centenary
We didn’t want the year 6 children who were moving on to miss out on this amazing learning opportunity. During the summer term the children researched World War One and looked at the resources and stories we have to develop an understanding of what happened at Albany during World War 1. The children really enjoyed learning about Albany Military Hospital and created some virtual projects using Adobe Spark. We hope to be able to share these on this website soon. Below are some photos showing this years project.
Stephen Tomer, a Maliseet Native North American, is buried a long way from home. He served in France with the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps. He became seriously ill in 1917. He died at Albany Road Military Hospital in 1918 and is buried at Cathays Cemetary. Thank you to @RoathMemorial for this information.
Three more photo’s of soldiers that we’ve found online showing AMH during World War 1. The photo showing soldiers playing cards was published in the Western Mail – Sat 29th May 1915. More detective work for our pupils to work out where in school the photos were taken.
We are very grateful to a visitor from October’s exhibition for bringing information to the school on Tuesday. We have been given a photo of the grave of William Henry Rounsefell, a WW1 solider who died in Albany Military Hospital in 1918 and is buried in the Congregational Church Yard, Lapford, Devon. This is another exciting piece of information for us as we continue to research the role the school played as a Hospital in WW1.