What is this?
Published 20 years after the end of the First World War this is an account of one of the four main hospitals attached to the First Canadian Contingent. The account draws from interviews and official documents and provides a wealth of information regarding numbers of injured, afflictions and treatment methods. Poignantly the work contains a foreword written on 11 November 1938, 20 years after the armistice and not long before the beginning of the next world war.
Treating the injured in the First World War
During the First World War around 38% of active service personnel were injured or killed while serving in the British Forces. Records such as this provide valuable information into how individuals were injured and treated. Indeed, some of the information, at first, surprises; such as the large number of soldiers treated for sexually transmitted diseases during the war. While this is not the main means of injury or death thought about in relation to this conflict it was one of the main factors that incapacitated service personnel – and would continue to be in later 20th-century conflicts.