I Was Born Here In 1946 - a Memory of West Byfleet.

Not exactly a memory, but I can advise you that I was born at Highfield Maternity Hospital in Highfield Rd on Saturday, 28 September 1946.

As the local hospital at Rotherhithe, in London's docklands, had been war-damaged, parts of it were not in use, and there were, of course, many expectant mothers in 1946. My mother was 33, expecting her first [and only] child, so she was evacuated to Dorin Court, Woking, and thence to Highfield Rd, West Byfleet, staying in the Woking area for about 4 weeks in all.

Some years ago, I drove into Highfield Road, but could not identify, with any certainty, the place of my birth. Are there any photos? Records? How long did this hospital function?

I am anxious to know, as I am pleased to have been a West Byfleet baby, but would dearly love to know more.

Padre STEFAN M.J. GATWARD
Military Chaplain
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Kent


A memory shared by stefan on Mar 12th, 2015. Send stefan a message

 Comments & Feedback

Wed Apr 24th 2019, at 8:27 pm
dparris51 commented:
HI my half brother was born at Highfield maternity hospital on the 15 Jan 1945. I too wonder where the records are now because all I have is birth certified that all i know about him he seem to vanish in thin air the only people know what are long gone
Tue Mar 20th 2018, at 11:20 am
Hi. I was born at Highfield Rd maternity hospital on 12 Oct 1943 and drove down the road but no sign of it anymore.
Wonder where the records are now.
Does anyone know?

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