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.
- Article by:
- Emily Mayhew
- Life as a soldier, Wounding and medicine
Dr Emily Mayhew follows a wounded soldier from the battlefield to the hospital, explaining how stretcher-bearers, surgeons and nurses would help him recover and adjust to his new life.
- Article by:
- Paul Cornish
- Race, empire and colonial troops, Life as a soldier, The war machine
With focus on the routines of work, rest and recreation, Senior Curator Paul Cornish describes the typical daily life experienced by soldiers in World War One.