Meerut Road

Location 7

In its early years, The Lady Hardinge Hospital in Brockenhurst treated soldiers from the Indian Army Corps (3rd Lahore and 7th Meerut). During this time, the short road that linked Balmer Lawn and Forest Park hotels, was renamed Meerut Road in honour of the Corps. It is said that the Queen Mary suggested this. Many of the Indian soldiers lost their turbans during battle. Queen Mary despatched replacements. The soldiers could not believe such generosity; many were stored away to show relatives on their return home. Lady Rothschild was also one of the many visitors to the hospital; her concern was for dressing gowns and she sent a consignment which were dark blue with red facings. In November 1915 the decision was made to move the Indian soldiers to warmer climes.