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Contributors DV is the sole author of this article. He has, however, received advice and encouragement from Colonel David Rew L/RAMC during the rewriting of this work.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
Declaration This article is the first in a three-part series which forms an expanded version of a short commemorative article published in the Journal of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (Winter 2014 issue) to mark the closure of this hospital.