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Post discharge & medical treatment

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Valley Wanderer

Good Evening,

 

My first post so I hope this goes well.

 

One of our relatives was a Sapper from the Welsh Valley's and lost a leg plus other injuries whilst on active service. He survived and was discharged from the army during 1919.

So here are my questions:

1. Once discharged where would further medical assistance come from if it was required?

2. Would the army still assist in any way? How was the help funded?

3. Is it possible our relative may have had to travel a long distance for help, eg, back to London or somewhere else? If so was this travel subsidised in any way?

 

Any information or knowldege on what happened to other service personnel in similar circumstances would be welcomed.

 

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Dai Bach y Sowldiwr

Hi Valley Wanderer,

There were a couple of hospitals in Cardiff that developed into specialist orthopaedic hospitals as a  result of the Great War.

The first was The Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital, developed on the site of the old Cardiff City Asylum, at Whitchurch, where Whitchurch Hospital still stands.

The second was The Prince of Wales  Hospital which was initially located in West Grove, Cardiff (where the continuation of Richmond Road joins Newport Road). This specialised in treatment of amputees and co-ordinated the provision of artificial limbs.The main Prince of Wales Hospital moved out to Rhydlafar on the Llantrisant Road after the Second World War, but the West Grove building was still in use I think as an orthopaedic outpatients department in the 1970s.

 

I don't know the answer to question 2) particularly with the costs of ongoing medical treatment.

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seaJane

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Valley Wanderer

Hi Dai Bach y Sowldiwr and seaJane,

 

Thank you for your replies. The information will be of great assistance in trying to establish how our relative managed life after the war. I will investigate to see if I can fill in on some currently unknown parts of his life.

Appreciated.

 

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TGM

Useful references, SeaJane.

The Inter-Allied conference mentioned on the Galsworthy page is available on Internet Archive.

Also finding useful:  The Men with Broken Faces : «Gueules Cassées» of the First World War

by Marjorie Gehrhardt. Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften 2015.

 

Shall add a few more here soon...

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petestarling

Thanks Jane for the references. Pity that the Manchester Uni Press book is so expensive.

 

Pete

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seaJane

I get MUP's sale price notices, Pete (perk for having helped an author of theirs) and will alert you if it comes up in paperback or reduced.

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seaJane

Quick check, available in paperback at £19.99.

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voltaire60
28 minutes ago, seaJane said:

I get MUP's sale price notices, Pete (perk for having helped an author of theirs) and will alert you if it comes up in paperback or reduced.

 

      The Galsworthy book was remaindered by MUP recently and is about now at probably the cheapest it's ever going to get short of  siitting in an Oxfam shop all day  (Galsworthy came from the South Hams side of Plymouth Sound-when Soames goes back to his home area and contemplates mortality when viewing all the other Forsytes in a graveyard, he is actually describing Wembury, now on the outskirts of Plymouth-just along from Staddon Heights and Fort Bovisand)

    One man and his dog can always get a discount out of Manchester- they offer a 20% discount all the time fro anyone who signs up to their online newsletter. Cuts out the mddleman :wub:

 

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