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From: "Jeanne Mayer" <>
Subject: WW1 Archive
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 13:56:14 +0000
I apologise if you get this several times. It was on a couple of other
lists I subscribe to and seems too good a resource to miss.
>Subject: Amazing find of WW1 personnel records
> > Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup, UK: The Gillies Archives of plastic
> > Purely by accident, I have discovered an amazing archive of WW1
> > material, which hitherto I have never seen listed as a source for
> > For years I have been trying to locate the admission and discharge
> > of a particular Cottage Hospital in the 1930's. Two weeks ago, I
> > that they were located at The Gillies Archives of plastic surgery at
> > Mary's Hospital Sidcup, UK.
> > I had to make an appointment to view the records that I was seeking but
> > my amazement I discovered the main contents of the archives were the
> > notes of military personnel who suffered facial injuries during WW1. I
> > mentioned that I had a member of my family who had a war wound to his
> > and within seconds of me giving his name, his medical records were
> > with details of his age, rank, regiment, date of wound and the battle,
> > together with the dates and nature of his operations. To my
> > was then informed that they had further information on my relative, in
> > much that whilst he was in the hospital for treatment he had learned
> > embroidery and they showed me a photograph of his handiwork, which was
> > embroidery of his regimental cap badge and colours.
> > They have thousands of photographs of their WW1 patients, many taken
> > they were wounded, but mostly of their wounds and the result after
> > treatment. The archivist is keen to obtain photographs of ex-patients
> > they had settled back into civilian life.
> > Altogether the archives contain over 2500 records of UK, Australian and
> > Zealand personnel. Most of the case notes are in their original folders
> > relate mostly to soldiers, with a small number of Navy and Flying Corps
> > personnel, whom had suffered burns. The records include rank, number,
> > regiment and date of wounding so that the action in which they were
> > can often be identified.
> > I am informed that The Gillies and Macalister Archives are probably the
> > important and complete collection of facial surgery records of their age
> > the world and they are available to researchers by application to the
> > Curator, details of which are on the following website: -
> > I hope this information may of use to some WW1 researchers who are
> > unaware of this research source.
> > Glyndwr (Glyn) Davies,
> > Chatham, Kent, UK.
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