British Military Hospital (BMH)
For almost 40 years, there was a British Military Hospital (BMH) in Iserlohn. Since 1955 several hundred children of members of the Canadian and British armed forces were born in the BMH Iserlohn. The parents were stationed in nearby baracks and lived in Iserlohn and surrounding towns such as Hemer, Deilinghofen, Soest, Werl, Senden or Dülmen. 1994 saw the official closure of the Army Hospital Iserlohn.
According to law the birth of a child in a BMH has to be notified to the local civil Registry Office in Iserlohn (Standesamt Iserlohn) if one parent was a German citizen. Sometimes the parents registered the birth voluntarily even though both parents were Canadian and/or British citizens. The civil Registry Office in Iserlohn keeps all the birth records it ever registered, even for Britisch or Canadian children. If you want to find out if your birth is registered in Iserlohn or how you can get a birth certificate, please check this.
Since 1999 some buildings of the former British Military Hospital have been used by the Internatsschule am Seilersee, a secondary school qualifying for university admission or matriculation with boarding facilities. For more information, please check their website
Since the year 2000 some buildings of the former British Military Hospital are used by the Business and Information Technology School (BiTS), a state-approved, private university of applied sciences. For more information, please check their website