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TrevorHH

The Wantage Adjustable Crutch

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TrevorHH

Can anyone help please I am seeking further information on the "Wantage Adjustable Crutch".

This was an adjustable crutch that was patented by Dr William Dunsmore Loveday MRCS LRCP during WW1. These crutches were produced at 5/- a pair and were built on the principle that the bodyweight should be supported by the hands and arms and not left to press upon the armpit. Thus they saved many men from "crutch palsy" and continous discomfort.

Dr Loveday was practising as a doctor/surgeon in Wantage Berkshire at the beginning of the 20th Century. 1n 1916 he was Medical Superintendent of the Red Cross Auxillary Hospital in Wantage with over 500 patients. He was also a member and sometime Chairman for the Local Tribunal for hearing recruiting cases under Lord Derby's Recruiting Scheme. He was awarded the OBE in the King's Birthday Honours of 1918 for designing the "Wantage Crutch".

If anyone has any further information on Dr Loveday or his crutches please let me know.

Many thanks

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Guest nick624212

Hello Trev

I have one of these that has been in the house for many years and now must go. If you wanted photographs for your research do let me know.

I have listed it on ebay as a felt that was the widest forum to sell it on. (I've put a high-ish price in order that it doesn't get used for a fancy dress or something, and then discarded)

Best Regards,

Nick

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