The first military hospital in Aldershot, Hampshire was situated near a church. It was established as a lunatic asylum and pestilence hospital. Close by was the Union Hospital which started out as a poor house. During the mid-1800s the Connaught Hospital for a while specialized in treating men with venereal disease, and ended as a dental facility which closed its doors in 1973. However long before it was abandoned there were stories about a mysterious gray lady.
The Cambridge Military Hospital opened on July 18, 1879. Many of its patients were injured troops. Soldiers from the Boer War (1899-1902) through the first Gulf War (1990-1991) were treated there.
The hospital's grey lady is seen on the upper floor between wards 10 and 14. A smell of lavender surrounds her apparition.
The story told of the origins of the ghost is that she was a member of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps who committed suicide by throwing herself from the upper floor walkway. It was precipitated by guilt after she gave a soldier a fatal drug overdose by accident.
It is believed that in the afterlife she is trying to help those dying to transition to the death state, since her appearance coincides with dying or very ill patients.
Witnesses describe where the corridor would turn freezing cold. Nurses and other employees would use the stairs and other paths between wards to avoid the spooky section where she is seen.
It was 1986, and I was in Ward 9 or Ward 10 (not sure which) on the top floor overlooking the back of the hospital, having had a hiatus hernia op. Being quite ill, I was in the first bed on the right next to the nurse's station and was propped up with several pillows as I could not lie down. This made sleep difficult, although I did doze off and wake up again every 15 minutes or so. I still recall it felt like sleep deprivation.
Another story of nursing beyond the grave:
When I was on Ward 2 a young soldier during the night asked the ward sister for a fresh jug of water. She said she would get one shortly [as] she was tied up with a terminally ill patient. A while later she returned to the young man with a jug but he already had one. When asked he said the other sister got it for him. There was no other sister on that night, and his description of her uniform was very different to what the sister was wearing that night. The terminally-ill patient died that night.
The hospital was eventually closed on February 9 1996 because asbestos was found and it was deemed too expensive to make the necessary improvements and maintain such an old building.
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