Records of the pioneering plastic surgery performed by Dr Harold Gillies on WWI soldiers William M. Spreckley, a Lieutenant from the Sherwood Foresters Service in the British contingent, 16th battalion. He was Gillies’ 132nd patient and was admitted to the hospital in January 1917 at the age of 33 with a ‘gunshot wound nose’. He was discharged three and a half years later in October 1920
Badly burned ex soldier is photographed by medical authorities after the end of WW1. The horrific wounds of trench warfare gave a boost to surgical research into battlefield care of the disfigured and the maimed -- which was of great importance to the doctors but of little consolation to the sufferers.