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Link to the site of Dr Andrew Bamji containing over 2500 case files on plastic surgery of the head and neck performed at Queen Mary' Hospital between 1917 and 1925. Driven by the persistence of Harold Gillies, and fuelled by the flood of casualties from the battle of the Somme, the Queen's Hospital, Sidcup was developed as the First World War's major centre for maxillo-facial and plastic surgery. Opened in 1917, the hospital and its associated convalescent hospitals provided over 1000 beds and between 1917 and 1921 admitted in excess of 5000 servicemen.

Link to the RAMC site of the British Army during the Great War of 1914-1918. This useful site gives details of Field ambulances. Casualty Clearing Stations and General and Stationary Hospitals on the Western Front.

Guy Acton at http://www.the-field-ambulance.org/ has an excellent site on the Field Ambulance during WW1.  The aim of the site is two-fold.
  1. This is the home site of a small team of historical interpreters whose main goal is to tell the story of the brave men and women of the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Great War of 1914-1918, the war that would end all wars. These people are the unsung heroes of that war.
  2. The site will also begin to explain how the RAMC operated at the time and we hope will eventually serve as a tool for the many people hunting down their ancestor's story from the Great War. There is a good chance some of their tale will involve evacuation from the front courtesy of the RAMC.

Link to The American Field Service Ambulance Volunteers A site that describes how, by the end of the Great War, "AFS" represented the collective spirit of the young men who drove the Field Service ambulances and the know-how of the organization that made that possible


We are grateful to Ms. Debbie Marshall for this link to her blog at www.rememberingfirstworldwarnurses.blogspot.com.where she has posted a short biography of each of the 47 Canadian nurses who died while serving overseas during the Great War. She will also be posting other information about women and war and will post comments from others who wish to share information about the experiences of these and other women during the first world war.


Link to the 17th Welsh web site, produced by Mr Graham Davies. Mr Davies has transcribed an original document concerning medical services during the attack on Bourlon Wood at Cambrai in November 1917. At the site there are other links to the war diary for a Field Ambulance for November 1917, also relating to the Battle of Cambrai.

Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, VC and Bar, MC, RAMC. (1884-1917) Dr Chavasse, Medical Officer of the 10th (Liverpool Scottish) Battalion, the King's (Liverpool) Regiment, England, was the only man to win the Victoria Cross twice during the course of WW1. We are grateful to Mr Ian Jones for permission to link to his account of Dr Chavasse's life and premature death during the Battle of Passchendaele.

Nurse Edith Cavell We are grateful to Mr A Gracier for permission to link to his site for this account of the last days of Nurse Edith Cavell. ("The Case of Nurse Edith Cavell", taken from ‘Belgium Under the German Occupation, A Personal Narrative’ (1919) by Brand Whitlock, US Minister in Belgium during the Great War)

American Homeopathy in the World War by Frederick M. Dearborn, A.B., M.D.
We are grateful to Sylvain Cazalet for this link to his homeopathic site. This article is an account of how American Homeopathy sent three military hospitals to France. The hospitals were fully equipped and included medical, surgical, nursing and radiolological teams.

The Belgian Medical Units During 1914 to 1918
This site has been prepared by Dr Patrick Loodts. Written in French, it describes many aspects of the Belgian Medical Services, including descriptions and photographs of Hospitals, Doctors, Nurses and the care of the wounded.

Links concerning Dr John McCrae, the Canadian doctor who is the author of the poem "In Flanders Fields". 'The story of John McCrae' by John Peddie is at the Guelph Museum site and Mr Rob Ruggenberg has written an article on the poem "In Flanders Fields" describing how the poem came to be written. We are grateful to Mr Ruggenberg for this link where there is a photo of Dr McCrae and for the further link to the original handwritten copy of the poem.

Ernest Hemingway Hemingway's Early Encounters with Death.
We are grateful to Mr Rob Ruggenberg for this account of how Hemingway was awarded the Italian silver Croce di Guerra for heroism when, at the age of 18, he served as a member of an American Red Cross Field Service Unit with the Italian Army. The account describes how Hemingway was wounded and hospitalized in Milan.

Link to Mr Ian Spring from Eire who is  hoping to build an online library of photos built from private collections and has many WW1 photographs at http://www.pixpast.com/ .

The History of Nursing: 101 Informative Websites, has now been published and can be found at: http://lpntornbridge.org/nursing-history/

Link to Mr David Penman TD. MRCOG of the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance Research Group who is web-author of the history of the 130th St John's Field Ambulance Brigade at http://www.130thstjohnfieldambulance.co.uk

The paper "Of Lice and Men - Trench Fever and Trench Life in the AIF" at http://www.vlib.us/medical/liceand.htm has been translated into Ukranian and into Danish.  The Ukranian translation is at  http://onlinepharmacycheck.com/~doc/liceand-vlib-ua by Sofya Kravchuk.  The  Danish translation by Kate Bondareva is at: http://www.autoteiledirekt.de/science/lus-og-maend-trench-fever-og-trench-livet-i-aif.

Letters home from the Nursing Letters: 'Mademoiselle Miss' and 'My Beloved Poilus' have now been translated to Romanian by Konopka Blahoslav and can be read in this language at
 http://newknowledgez.com/mademoiselle_miss.htm  and http://newknowledgez.com/cnurse.html respectively.


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