Arras – Wounded Tommy being removed from trench | National Library of Scotland

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Two soldiers are seen carrying a wounded companion on a stretcher. They are trying to manoeuvre him out of the main trench into a deeper trench at right angles to it. The pain of the wounded man is apparent in the tension and angles of the way he is lying. If this man survived he might have several hours of waiting before he was treated at a field hospital, followed by more delays before he could be moved to a base hospital. Shock and loss of blood must have been a major factor in many cases.

Original reads: ‘Wounded Tommy being removed from trench. (Arras region).’

The Battle of Arras 9th April to 16th May 1917

Original URL: http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=74549322

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About Everett Sharp

Everett Sharp is a subject expert on the World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings project. He has worked for the University of Oxford on a series of other First World War Projects including the Great War Archive and First World War Poetry Digital Archive. He is also currently working for the Europeana 1914-1918 initiative with the Oxford. His retirement in 2009 didn't go quite according to plan!
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