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A History of the Royal Hospital Chelsea 1682–2017 (Hardback)

The Warriors' Repose

P&S History > British History P&S History > Social History WWI WWII

By Stephen Wynn, Tanya Wynn
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 229
Illustrations: 64
ISBN: 9781526720177
Published: 28th January 2019



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A History of the Royal Hospital Chelsea looks at the hospital's beginnings, with its Royal patronage and heritage which dates back to King Charles ll in 1682. It then goes on to look at some of the characters who have been In Pensioners at the hospital over the centuries, as well as some of the individuals who have been buried in the Hospital's grounds. This includes the ashes of the ex British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher and her husband, Sir Dennis Thatcher.

The Hospital survived both the First and Second World Wars, although it did not escape totally unscathed, suffering both damage and loss of life at the hands of German aircraft. There is an in depth look at the hospital's governors, from the very first one, Colonel Sir Thomas Ogle (1686 - 1702), up until the present time with General Sir Redmond Watt, KCB, KCVO, CBE, DL (2011 - to present - 2017). The book also looks in some detail at a few of those who currently live and work at the hospital (2017).

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This England, Summer 2019

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Julian Stockwin Blog

The book is written in the usual captivating style of Wynn, of which I have already reviewed other books. The author manages to introduce you to the stories in history, and does so without being boring. The history of the Royal Hospital of Chelsea, one of Britain's most noble institutions, is a story of dedication to the cause of those who have made sacrifices for their homeland and the book is the due homage to the veterans and their lives.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

It reads easily and is a most interesting and informative read that should leave you with a deeper understanding of the hospital and added appreciation of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners.

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The OCAD Collection

The book is written in an easy style, and is full of facts, anecdotes and interesting historical information... The book gives a flavour of the rich and varied history of the Hospital, against a background of the rich and varied history of the United Kingdom, with residents who served in a wide variety of Regiments and a vast array of battles from the American Civil War to Malplaquet, Waterloo, the Crimea, both World Wars and other conflicts of its long and cherished history.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

It may appeal to readers of all persuasions with an interest in British military history, while military historians with a similar interest may also find it worthy of their attention. Health and social historians and researchers may also find it worthy of perusal.

Keith Rimmer, NZ Crown Mines

The men and women who serve in the military and risk life and limb deserve care beyond active service but often are quietly forgotten by politicians and sadly neglected. This story is about an enduring example of care of veterans. – Most Highly Recommended

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About Stephen Wynn

Stephen is a retired police officer having served with Essex Police as a constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. He is married to Tanya and has two sons, Luke and Ross, and a daughter, Aimee. Both Stephen’s grandfathers served in and survived the First World War, one with the Royal Irish Rifles, the other in the Mercantile Marine, whilst his father was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War.
When not writing Stephen can be found walking his dogs with his wife, Tanya, at some unearthly time of the morning when most normal people are still fast asleep.

About Tanya Wynn

Stephen and Tanya Wynn are a husband and wife team. They have been married for twelve years and outside of writing enjoy the simplicities of life. They spend most mornings walking their four German Shepherd dogs at a time when most normal people are still sound asleep.
Animals in the Great War is the third book Stephen and Tanya Wynn have written together, having previously collaborated on Women in the Great War and A History of the Royal Hospital Chelsea 1682-2017. Stephen has written numerous titles in the military history genre over the years. His first book, Two Sons in a Warzone, was published in 2010. It is the true story of his sons first tours in Afghanistan. One of them was injured and the other was shot and wounded.

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