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British Medical Casualties on the Western Front in the Great War Part 1: Dealing with Wound Related Trauma

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British Medical Casualties on the Western Front in the Great War Part 1: Dealing with Wound Related Trauma by Dr David Payne (This article first appeared in Stand To! 83 August / September 2008 pp. 27 - 32) Introduction When confronted with the onset of the Great War in August 1914, the professional British Regular soldier, and his colleagues in…


The Work of the RAMC in WW1 by Dr Jessica Meyer

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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…


Legal (and other) aspects of killing people in the Great War

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Our February talk will be a new talk on the WFA speakers' circuit having its first presentation at this meeting. Local member Jeremy Holt will speak on "Legal (and other) aspects of killing people in the Great War". With Jeremy's professional background in law, this will be a thought provoking insight into an aspect of the Great War that the branch…


The Contemptible Little Army, 1914 -1918

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By Alex Saunt (Major Alex Saunt MBE served with the Light Infantry and with the SAS in Libya, Borneo, Northern Ireland, Germany and Denmark. He was awarded an MBE for his courage). The story of the expansion and development of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) 1914-1918 and how the Contemptible Little Army became a huge, effective machine. B…


ONLINE: 'From Disaster to Triumph. Saving life and limb on the Western Front' by Tom Scotland

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Image: Surgeon George Gask operating at Canadian CCS 2 at Remy Siding in 1917 About this online talk: In 1914, the real treatment of wounds didn't start until the soldier arrived at the base hospital, a journey which sometimes took days. Anaesthesia was poor, surgical methods were inefficient, resuscitation almost unheard of. Not surprisingly, man…


From ceremonial duties to First Ypres and beyond: The 1st Life Guards and their single worst day of the war

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This is a brief account of one cavalry regiment's war which reached its nadir in unlikely circumstances whilst they were in a supposedly safe location on the French coast re-training for a new role. The story starts and ends at Etaples Military Cemetery. The cemetery is – as those who have visited it can testify – a vast and (for its size) relativ…


'Private John Parr of the Middlesex Regiment- the First British Soldier killed on the Western Front' a talk by Mick Crick

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There is much speculation about Private John Parr, widely acknowledged to have been the first British soldier killed in combat in the First World War on the Western Front.  But there are many stories about him and what he did.  Mick Crick, who spent his entire working life with the Met Police, will reveal what is truth and what mere conjecture, bas…


A Voice from the Trenches 1914–18: From the Diaries and Sketches of Bernard Eyre Walker by Bernard Eyre Walker and edited by Sara Woodall

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(Blackthorn Press, 2020), £18.00, paperback, 192 pages with illustrations ISBN 978–1–906–25958–7 Bernard Eyre Walker’s diary was lost – not recently, as it has been known to be in the Liddle Collection for many years – but during the great retreat caused by the Kaiserslacht. It was returned to him some years after the war ended as the German soldi…