"Are we downhearted? NO! Right Arm Smashed by Shell (in Plaster Cast); has been Told it will Have to be Amputated. Photo taken just after the doctor had informed him that he would lose his arm. 'Lamp the grin!' Another captured Prussian helmet on his head. We have many." From the book: 'Over the Top" by Arthur Guy Empey, Machine gunner, serving in France. via Project Gutenberg.
Credit: The RAMC Muniment Collection in the care of the Wellcome Library, Wellcome Images. Photographs of patients', (soldiers') recovery taken from two albums of photographs of plastic surgery cases at The King George Military Hospital, (later Red Cross Hospital), Stamford Street, London. Photograph, 1917 - 1918 wellcomeimages.org Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 2.0.
A wounded First World War soldier with facial injuries has a plaster cast made of his face so that a mask can be produced to cover his wounds.The work was undertaken at the General Hospital in Wandsworth, London.
Graphic Image - WWI Trench warfare exposed soldiers to a vast increase in head and facial injuries, leading to tremendous advancements in plastic surgery and facial reconstruction. However, not all surgeries were successful