January 7th 2015


Major Stuart Shaw from 212 Field Hospital attended the service at Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield, a former auxiliary hospital, with around 50 other guests including Reverend Paul Bettison who led the service.

Major Shaw, who also attended commemorative events in Nottingham, Lincoln, Sheffield, and Leeds, attended the event after the hospice contacted an engineer unit in Sheffield, who passed the message on to 212 Field Hospital.

He said: “It was nice to be invited and to show a uniformed presence at the service of remembrance within a health care setting, bearing in mind the majority of the unit work within the NHS.

“I had also visited the hospice 15 years ago as a student during my training, and at the service I met a lady who I used to work with in the medical centre at Herford, who I had met in 1996, which was quite nice.”

Major Shaw, whose grandfather served in World War One, added that plaques were found during the hospice’s renovation which showed their connections to the War.

He said: “The plaques were found when renovation was undertaken and then Reverend Paul decided to contact the military to see if we would be interested in attending, as we have staff who were born there and other who work in the hospice setting so it seemed appropriate to attend.”