28th January


Extracts from the Minutes of the Board of Management, National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic.

The first meeting of the Board of Management, elected on the January 23rd 1902, under the new rules passed on December 12, 1901 was held at the Hospital. Sir Felix Semon and Dr Ormerod presented themselves as the duly elected representatives of the Medical Committee under rules 31 and 33. The Recd. Prebendary Henry Wace D.D. was elected Chairman of the Board. It was resolved that the thanks of this Hospital are eminently due to the Right Honourable Sir Edward Fry, Lord Wolverton, Sir W.W. Karslake, Mr Timothey Holmes, and Mr Cecil Henry Russell, the members of the recent Committee of Enquiry and to Mr J Danvers Power, the Honorary Secretary of the Committee, for the important services rendered by them to the Hospital in undertaking and conducting a laborious enquiry into the whole management of the Hospital and for their valuable report to the Governors. And that each of them be elected herby as Honorary Governor for life.


Matron’s Reports NHNN/N/3/2

Cicely U Tafe – reports from 21 May 1929 to 22 May 1945

‘A memorial service was held in the Hospital Chapel at 1.10pm for His Late Majesty King George V. The Director of the Savoy Hotel has kindly offered a thousand pieces of china to the hospital, which I have gratefully accepted.’


On This Day is a diary of day to day life in the Hospital covering 1859 to the 1940’s.

Extracts are taken from the staff records, letters, the reports of the Matron and the Lady Superintendent, and the minutes of the Board of Management and the Medical Committee. They were compiled with the help of Janet Townsend, Frankie Alves, Louise Shepherd, Michael Clark and Liz Yamada

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