This 1917 report to the then Secretary of State for War David Lloyd George explores the manner in which the French authorities dealt with disabled troops. By 1918 British forces had suffered badly, with over one and a half million wounded men. This document is clear evidence that the administration was preparing and exploring ways to deal with the influx of soldiers who suffered disabilities through their service. The report provides an insight on amputees who struggled to deal with the heavy and uncomfortable prosthetics provided for them. Many opted to use wooden legs or crutches despite the fact they could be detrimental to the user’s health after prolonged usage. Such findings must have been an important factor in the post war care of disabled servicemen in the United Kingdom who returned from the conflict. According to the DSS Bulletin of 22 January 1920 a totally disabled man was entitled to an allowance of 40 shillings by a Royal Warrant.
- Article by:
- Julie Anderson
- Race, empire and colonial troops, Life as a soldier
World War One created thousands of casualties from physical wounds, illness, and emotional trauma. Dr Julie Anderson reflects on the subsequent impact on the role of doctors and nurses, and the medical treatment, organisation and new technologies that they employed.