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  • Country United Kingdom
  • Total identified casualties 68 Find these casualties
  • Region Warwickshire
  • Casualties from First & Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 52.52885, Longitude: -1.90937

History information

The First World War saw four important hospitals - besides many smaller - posted at Birmingham: the 1st Southern General (3,500 beds) was in the university and other buildings, with a section at Stourbridge; the 2nd/1st Southern General (1,800 beds) in the Dudley Road Infirmary and in billets; the 1st Birmingham War Hospital (1,000 beds) at Rubery Hill Asylum and the 2nd Birmingham War Hospital (900 beds) at Hollymoor Asylum.

Military hospitals were at Birmingham again during the Second World War, including No.7 Canadian Hospital at Marston Green. Birmingham and Coventry were among the chief manufacturing areas producing materials for the war effort and were subjected to many devastating air raids during the Blitz of 1940-41.

Memorials at Birmingham (Perry Barr) Crematorium commemorate three servicemen of the First World War and 64 servicemen and women of the Second World War whose remains were cremated there. One Czech soldier is commemorated by headstone on a grave containing the ashes, as is one of the 64 servicemen.