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The Midland Hotel 1939 - 1945

Nurses on the stairwell

Military Hospital War Personnel

"The Midland Hotel in the Centre of the Promenade was a hospital for all ranks and was used for all Service personnel, even for people coming to see specialists from outlying units of the R.A.F."

Dad's Army at the Midland Hotel

With all the interest in the newly released film of Dad's Army in February 2016, it seems only fair to showcase the fact that the local Home Guard also went through their paces using the Midland Hotel as a 'backdrop'.

Dad's Army original

The original sentiment as portrayed in the much-loved television series of 'Dad's Army' image courtesy and © of the BBC

Home Army and Browning GunHome Army and Browning Gun

Rare images of the Home Guard going through their paces with the Browning Gun with the unmistakeable backdrop of the Midland Hotel looking out to sea.

Home Army and Browning GunHome Guard parading

Residents of Morecambe of all ages looking on admiringly as the Home Guard present the Browning Gun and then parade at the front of the hotel. Images originally seen on Bay on-line and LancasterUK on-line (links no longer available) - now available on the King's Own Regiment (Lancaster) website

Poster of the 2016 Dad's Army film

The new 'Dad's Army' film poster courtesy and © of The Radio Times

Memories of a W.A.A.F.

During the Second World War I was stationed at Morecambe in Lancashire as a W.A.A.F.

Approximately 300 girls a day were posted to Morecambe and all were billeted in civilian houses of the town for two weeks. We had lectures, inoculations, FFI's and learned to march on the promenade. It was a seaside town. The bay onto the Lake District was comprised of an area called Bare at one end, Central Pier and the Clock Tower, then Heysham End where the Army units were stationed.

The Battery Hotel at the end was for Officers only. The Midland Hotel in the Centre of the Promenade was a hospital for all ranks and was used for all Service personnel, even for people coming to see specialists from outlying units of the R.A.F. The Bare promenade and sands were not used because of quicksand. The road leading to the Clock Tower was used for Medical Staff billets and was known as Bed Pan Alley.

Right along the road facing the promenade were lots of hotels and large shops such as Burton's and the Winter Gardens where we danced and saw Stage Shows. A number of Officers lived in the Central Hotels. One Burton's was a Medical room where men were checked for overseas fitness. Another was used as a NAAFI and we took our W.A.A.F. underwear to be changed for new if necessary, we would walk back with our corsets in our hand.

One of the W.A.A.F. Officers was very artistic, she painted the brick pillars in the NAAFI with Airforce flying scenes whilst we were having a lecture. All Chapels in the town were used as M I {medical inspection} rooms, mostly for treating blistered feet.

The Railway Station was opposite the Midland Hotel and nearby was a fun fair which visitors used and screamed as they used the Big Dipper. The Y.M.C.A. was a hut in the town and two inner huts. Also a small isolation hospital near to the local church at Bare end. The local hospital was in the town centre and was not used by any service personnel.

I had ten billets in Morecambe. - An M.T.{medical training} unit was also there plus a Polish Squadron.

Source : via the BBC submitted by Ex W.R.A.F Corporal Joyce Borley. Service Number 2061441. Hospital Wardmaster's Office, Midland Hotel, Morecambe. Medical Staff. Now known as Mrs. Joyce Jenkins

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Page updated : 5th February 2016