Pavilion Blues


Pavilion Blues


The Pavilion Blues was a monthly newsletter produced by patients and staff at the hospital for 'Limbless Men' set up in the Royal Pavilion during WW1.

The hospital cared for soldiers who had lost arms and legs during active service, usually through amputation. It was set up after the Indian military hospital at the Royal Pavilion closed in 1916 and continued until the building was returned to the local authority in 1920.

The newsletter takes its name from the hospital 'blues' worn by patients in military hospitals. Given the often doleful and wry tone of many of the poems, illustrations and prose produced by the patients, the 'blues' also probably references feelings about a future life managing a disability.