Remembrance Day: Lest we forget
Today, (Friday 11 November), is Armistice Day, commonly known as Remembrance Day.
Today, (Friday 11 November), is Armistice Day, commonly known as Remembrance Day. The nation will pay their respects to remember those who have died in warfare.
Today we remember all those who gave their lives to create a better future including those who lived, worked, studied at and supported Young Epilepsy.
In a day that remembers those who have sacrificed their lives, we take a look back to the soldiers who became part of history at our St Piers Lingfield campus, at Young Epilepsy.
St Piers, formally known as NCYPE and The Colony, back in the 1800s, saw the first twenty-five students or ‘colonists’ as they were previously known, admitted to the Farm Training Colony.
The War Years
The war also marked change for Lingfield. Many soldiers returned from trench warfare after experiencing neurasthenia (shell-shock) or from epilepsy, which had either recurred or had been triggered by a head injury. General concerns were raised as to how to treat the soldiers, particularly long term since a large number of cases needed re-education and training before returning to work.
The Red Cross Society provided Lingfield with homes and workshops for those men if Young Epilepsy would accept responsibility for them. The offer was accepted and urgent accommodation was quickly built in 1917 for thirty men, soon followed by a permanent home named ‘Red Cross’ which still exists on the St Piers campus today.
The first medical superintendent, Dr Griffith worked tirelessly to bring his project to life for the soldiers, but sadly passed away in 1918 before his plans had been fully achieved. Dr Griffith was crucial in the development of the colony having overseen the change of roles, originally concentrating on those with epilepsy and then to offer accommodation for ex-soldiers.