ONLINE Zoom meeting - The role of St Ebba's Hospital, Ewell in the treatment of shell shock by Martin Sitwell
During World War One the British Army dealt with 80,000 cases of war neuroses, a collective term used to denote the complex of nervous and mental disorders suffered by soldiers exposed to the extreme stress of modern warfare. The soldiers at the time called it 'Shell Shock'. Now it is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Well known cases include those of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
As the war progressed individual hospitals began to specialise in specific injuries. St Ebba's in Ewell became a centre for treating men severely traumatised by the brutality of war. Martin has researched the hospital and its work for those suffering from shell shock and will share his research at the meeting.
This online talk is open to all. You do not have to be a member of the Western Front Association to join this online meeting. Details of how to join the meeting using Zoom will be in Andy Thompson’s November Update email sent out to everyone on our email list. If you don’t receive Andy’s emails contact him at email@example.com.
Note that the branch AGM, normally held at the November meeting, has been rescheduled until the spring when we very much hope we will have returned to Cobham. Andy will circulate interim documents with the December Update that will give members information as to the branch finances and plans for the future.
The photo shows the admin block and main entrance to St Ebba’s Hospital.