Over the course of the First World War, the British military medical services developed an effective system of medical evacuations to remove men from the field of battle and provide prompt care for wounds and illnesses. This talk traces the journey that wounded British soldiers went on from the front line, through a variety of sites of medical care-giving, to recovery in convalescent hospitals on the home front. It looks at the different types of care-givers, both men and women, they encountered along the way, as well as significant medical technologies that helped to save lives throughout the war.
Jessica Meyer is Associate Professor of Modern British History at the University of Leeds where she researches and teaches on the history of the First World War, medicine and gender. She has published two books, Men of War: Masculinity and the First World War in Britain (Palgrave, 2009) and An Equal Burden: The Men of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War (OUP, 2019), as well as articles on a range of subjects including the Friends Ambulance Unit, shell shock and morale, and representations of the war in popular culture. Her current research focuses on the care provided to British disabled ex-serviceman after the First World War.