Lady Carnarvon's Nursing Home 1914-1943

A New Book on " Lady Carnarvon's Nursing Homes"  available from

15 October 2011 :  Cost £10.00 plus £1.50 p&p UK. Overseas £4.50 p&p.

The Story of Almina's Years Nursing the Privileged in Wartime and Peace, from Lady Carnarvon's biographer, William Cross, FSA Scot.


Lady Carnarvon's Nursing Homes : Nursing the Privileged in Wartime and Peace

ISBN 10  1-905914-03-2  ISBN 13 978-1-905914-03-6   100 pages, over 80 illustrations

Limited Issue : For more information please contact William Cross, FSA Scot by e-mail

Orders by post  to William Cross, 58, Sutton Road, Newport, Gwent, NP 19 7JF, UK

Cheques/ POs payable, please, to "William Cross"


Almina, Countess of Carnarvon,  

Founder of The National Wealth Service.

The writer  William Cross, FSA Scot, (Lady Carnarvon's biographer ** ) has made a special study of Almina, Countess of Carnarvon's private nursing homes that existed between 1914 and 1943.

Dubbed the founder of "The National Wealth Service", Almina was first attracted to nursing wounded Officers in the Great War. Later her somewhat wayward homes treated the Royal families of Europe.

Her extraordinary array of notable Society patients also included Hollywood actors and actresses, and many rich, famous and notorious figures of the era.

Who were Almina's most noted patients? What famous folk were born or died under her tender care?

What was it like to work for Lady Carnarvon?

This new book ( with a limited issue ) costs £10 ( + postage of £1.50p  UK only , overseas customers, please enquire  ).

Enquiries e-mail Will at

The book reveals all and revels in its references to the quirky, the sad, and the unbelievable.


** The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon, a candid biography of the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. 

See also these sites on Almina's biography:


Or contact William Cross directly, by e-mail:



The Countess of Carnarvon

wearing her nurse's uniform

during the Great War, 1914-1918

Almina Carnarvon acted  as Matron at two war time hospitals between 1914 and 1919.

She created Highclere Military Hospital which opened up in 1914 soon after there were any wounded to treat. Later, she  moved her activities to London to 48, Bryanston Square, which operated until after the Grear War ended.

In 1927, in part to aim to retore her damaged reputation, after the mud-racking sex scandal revealed in the hard fought legal case of  Dennistoun v Dennistoun, in 1925, Almina opened Alfred House, a nursing home based at 7-9 Portland Place, London, which ran until the start of the Second World War. 

Almina had two further homes after this, based  at Hove and Barnet, finally ceasing as a hospital proprietor in 1943.


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