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Prosthetic legs such as this one were known as pylons and they were issued to servicemen who had recently lost a leg to get them used to the idea and feel of an artificial leg. They would be worn for a short period before a proper artificial limb was fitted. Made from fibre with leather padding, the leg was issued by a Red Cross provisional limb depot in Stretford, Manchester, England.

The Red Cross set up these depots to help provide for some of the 41,000 British servicemen who lost a limb during the First World War.

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I am a master's student of nineteenth-century English literature at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. For the WW1C project I have been overseeing the @Arras95 live-tweeting project, as well as researching resources to add to the project library.
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