Ed makes a welcome return to the branch to give a presentation on the medical services on the Western Front. For many soldiers being wounded was one of the most common experiences of the Great War. On the Western Front almost every other soldier could expect to become a casualty, with physical injuries ranging in severity from light wounds to permanent, life-changing disability. The Flanders casualty was sometimes literally torn apart. Gone were the neat round holes made by rounded ammunition travelling slowly in the hot, African sun, easily located and extracted and leaving behind no great damage. Now, high velocity conical ammunition hit fast, went deep and caused massive wound trauma – shell fragments and shrapnel caused massive jagged wounds, tore flesh and muscle and were difficult to stem bleeding. Britain’s medical service was small, compact and highly professional – but woefully inadequate to meet this new warfare. Ed will explore their war and how they triumphed through adversity.