Chronicles of Cliveden, Volume 1, Issue 1


Chronicles of Cliveden was a journal produced during World War I by the patients at the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Military Hospital in the United Kingdom. The hospital was located at Cliveden, a grand country estate that was the home of Waldorf Astor, the second Viscount Astor, and his wife Nancy. When the war broke out, the Astors offered part of the estate to the Canadian Red Cross, which established the hospital to treat injured Allied soldiers. In the foreword to the first issue of the journal, Colonel W. Langmuir Wait, commandant of the hospital, stated: “Let contributions – in metre or prose,…in snap-shots or black and white, in praise or criticism – pour in as freely as the sunshine does into the Johnny Walker Ward….” The first issue also included a brief letter of welcome by Nancy Astor. The paper published poems, short stories, “Ward Notes” with information about patients and staff, drawings and cartoons, and the schedule of church services and other information. Much of the content was humorous. Businesses, mainly from the nearby town of Maidenhead, ran advertisements that appeared at the beginning and end of the journal. Presented here is the first issue of the journal, dated June 30, 1917, and subtitled Stand Easy. This copy has an embroidered cover, made by patient John Spence during his recovery at the hospital. The journal and the cover were donated to the British Library by descendants of the patient as part of the Europeana 1914−1918 project.

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  1. “Saving Forgotten WW1 Family Stories: Yorkshire Urged to Contribute to Unique Online WW1 Archive Europeana 1914-18,” British Library press release, July 22, 2014.

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