PoW Hospital 252 Abergwili

PoW Hospital 252 Abergwli is now the site of the NHS Glangwili General Hospital. There are no obvious visual clues on the hospital site that it was once used to treat and or accommodate PoWs.


Glangwili General Hospital Glangwili. Dolgwilli Road Carmarthen Carmarthenshire SA31 2AF


Site Visits

May 2019


DSLR Photos
UK Foreign Office Inspection Report

This hospital it appears was like PoW Camp 231 Redgrave Park PW Hospital in that it began life as a temporary hospital built for the Americans in the grounds of the main local hospital. This was latter used to accommodate in whole or part PoWs. However, unlike many of the temporary wartime hospital post war it was taken over by the NHS and became part of the main hospital for Carmarthen.

I have to suspect that from my own military background and have been to a number of older Military Reserve Hospitals that were built for WWII that it mainly consisted of wooden huts!. Whilst the wooden huts have now gone the site is best described as a typical medium sized NHS Hospital – a mix of the new, the old, the refurbished and the falling! And provides for NHS Accident and Emergency, local Outpatient Clinics, and minor surgery.

During my visit and walking around the site I suspect that a single original structure may have survived in what I believe may have been a canteen or social building of some form; this building is shown in the centre of the bottom row.

Camera Images of the site of former PoW Hospital 252 Abergwili

Extracts from UK Foreign Office Inspection Report from UK National Archives Kew:

FO 1120/183 PoW Camp List 20Feb47 – Inc Hospital