In order to accommodate the massive numbers of casualties, numerous buildings in Britain were adapted into military hospitals, from schools to country houses. One of the most architecturally elaborate hospitals was the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, which opened its doors to hundreds of sick and wounded Indian troops returning from the battlefields in France. The Pavilion, built to resemble an Indian palace, was chosen to convince opinion in India that their troops were being well cared for by the British authorities. When Indian troops were moved to the Middle Eastern theatre in 1916, the hospital was closed.
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