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Remembered Today:

Eastbourne camp where war wounded got better to fight


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A useful reminder that a very high proportion of wounded soldiers who did not die were actually to make a complete physical recovery from their wounds. For every six surviving wounded soldiers, one was discharged as permanently unfit, one was passed fit at a lower medical grading but could still serve away from the front, and four were returned to front-line duty.

Whether their mental recovery was ever complete, we shall never know, but most men who served must have carried mental scars for the rest of their lives. "He would never talk about the war" is a phrase which recurs again and again.


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More about the Summerdown Camp project here ... http://www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk/summerdown-camp.aspx

Yesterday was the centenary of the opening of the camp. The (free) exhibition, in the Pavilion on the seafront, is excellent but quite small and takes about half an hour to go round. Perhaps best combined with a visit to the Redoubt Fortress & Museum, which is only a couple of hundred yards away.

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