Saint David’s Home


Ealing, London. Occupies a unique place in the charitable institutions of England, being specially devoted to the care of soldiers and sailors permanently and totally disabled in World War I. The home owes its foundation to Lady Anne Kerr, O.B.E., with whom, among others, but in a more practical manner, was associated Mrs. Cicely Passmore. The scheme as originally envisaged involved the expenditure of £25,000, but further developments became imperative. Kent House, formerly a royal residence, was bought and adapted, and opened in 1918. Since then, so successful has been the nursing under Catholic control of these permanent sufferers of the war, that the British Government authorities have encouraged the committee to make considerable extensions, and now with chapel, memorial cloister, and garden, Saint David’s Home is the best equipped institution of its kind in England. The nursing is extremely arduous, as from the nature of the cases, physical improvement or recovery is not generally to be expected, though some notable recoveries have been recorded. While the maintenance of the patients is provided for by the ministry of pensions, the building and equipment of the home have been largely defrayed by small contributions from the (principally Catholic) public. There is no religious discrimination with regard to the patients admitted; men of any creed, or none, are welcome and receive the same untiring care and solicitude from the Sisters of Charity who are in charge of the home, now accommodating 54 patients.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint David’s Home”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 October 2012. Web. 15 June 2021. <>