Operation for appendicitis in the Military Hospital, Endell Street, London, founded by Suffragettes | Wellcome Images

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Although wounds and diseases associated with the front line absorbed much of the medical services’ time and resources, men continued to succumb to peace-time ailments such as appendicitis, and still had to be cared for by the authorities.

The Military Hospital in Endell Street, London was no ordinary hospital: it was staffed entirely by women. Founded in 1915 by two suffragettes, Dr Louisa Garrett Anderson and Dr Flora Murray, the hospital flourished throughout the war and only closed in December 1919 after its work came to an end. During these four years its staff proved what many had doubted – that women could manage the medical and administrative aspects of a hospital just as well as men.

Chalk drawing by Francis Dodd, 1917.

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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