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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

The Military Hospital, Scutari [Selimiye Barracks, Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey] 25 May 1862

RCIN 2701010

During the Crimean War of 1853 – 6, British and French troops fought alongside the Ottoman army against Russia. Injured allied troops were brought to the barracks at Scutari which was being used as a hospital. Florence Nightingale arrived here in 1854 and during 1855 conditions at the hospital were gradually improved. The Prince and his companions visited the nearby cemetery where the brother of Christopher Teesdale (the Prince’s Equerry) was buried, following his death at the hospital during the war. Acquired by the Prince of Wales, 1862