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THE COTTAGE HOSPITAL, DOVERCOURT    A painting of the Fryatt Hospital was recently donated to the Harwich Society by John & Rita  Stokes. On the reverse of the painting is the following explanation:    The Mayor invited parties interested in the question of the provision of a Cottage Hospital to a  meeting on February 9th 1914 at the Guildhall. Plans were made to raise at least £3000 to build a  men’s and women’s ward, a central block and a  small operating theatre, with about £500 pa  needed to run it. Various amounts were  generously subscribed but that provided by the  estate of the late Mr Whitaker (£1000 to help  provide for the building and £5000 for  endowment) gave the necessary impetus. The  War meant that the project was shelved until  1921 when, with £11,400 in the bank,  ‘Rosebank’ was purchased as it would require  little alteration. It was opened in April 1922  ‘To the glory of God, for the alleviation of  suffering and for the help of the sick, and in the  memory of the late Captain Fryatt’. It was  staffed by a Matron, sister, trained night nurse and a probationer. 128 people were admitted in 1923 and 106 cases seen which did not require hospitalization. This removed the need for the sick to make the daunting journey to Ipswich or Colchester by train or road.      A POSTCARD FROM HARWICH                     The postcard above was sent to Mrs Whiting, Endholme, Elmstead, Nr Colchester at 8.30pm on  August 2nd 1910 and the following is written on the reverse:    One of the tents of our Coy [Company]. Just off 24 hrs guard confined to Barracks till Friday  under war conditions. Last night wet & blowing a gale on the top of Beacon Hill. Charlie    From: Sergt C Snelling, My address, No120, 7 Coy, 5/B E Regt, Harwich  (Postcard courtesy of Mick Mason) 
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