Links Page

I would be grateful if you would inform me of any broken links.

Harold Gillies's seminal textbook "Plastic Surgery of the Face" (1920) has been digitised and is now available at the Internet Archive


From Bruce Bairnsfather's "Fragments from France"

Military History Links:

Great War historians who have found this page will undoubtedly know of the many web sites about WW1. For any visitors who have arrived by another route, the following sites are of interest.

Society and group sites:

WW1 Document Archive: a huge repository of WW1 documentation

Medical Section of the WW1 Document Archive

The Great War Society

The Western Front Association

Sites by individuals:

Chris Baker's site The Long Long Trail has lots of information on how to trace relatives, and is a very speedy site (with members' forum). Highly recommended! A summary of the wounded Tommy's progress through the medical system is excellent. There is also a pair of pages listing hospitals in France/Flanders and at home

Tom Morgan's Hellfire Corner; one of the best WW1 sites

An Unfortunate Region: created by Peter van den Heuvel and Marco Hoveling

Trenches on the Web

Michael Duffy's site Firstworldwar.com

Military History sites: useful links pages with numerous WW1 and WW2 related pages

The Diggers' War: Constructed by Mat McLachlan, it's a useful introduction to the Australian contribution to WW1

Histories of Canadian hospitals and schools of nursing: David Crawford's list of hospitals and books relating to them

Lost Hospitals of London is an excellent site for investigating WW1 hospitals in the capital; comprehensive and well-illustrated

Museum sites:

The Imperial War Museum

In Flanders Fields Museum: the museum in Ypres

The National Army Museum: covers all aspects of the British Army from Agincourt to the 21st Century

The Army Medical Services Museum at Keogh Barracks, Aldershot has a section devoted to facial surgery as well as dental and steroscopic photographs of Gillies' work at Aldershot

The Liddle Collection: housed in Leeds, it contains an enormous archive of WW1 remembrances

Art of WW1: a site devoted to exhibitions in 1998 and full of interesting images

Glenside Hospital, Bristol, was the site of the Beaufort War Hospital. The site has an excellent image gallery from WW1

Woven postcard from WW1 depicting the RAMC insignia


The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons displays the anatomical collections of John Hunter, and has displays showing the development of surgery through the ages - including material from the Gillies Archives

The BAPRAS site archive pages contain a summary of available material and a brief background to the history of plastic surgery

The Wellcome Collection contains a vast array of images, books and manuscripts

Les Gueules Cassees - a site covering the French experience, constructed by Sophie Delaporte under the auspices of BIUM and the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne (in French)

The Hocken Libary, Univerity of Otago - which holds a series of records complementing the Gillies Archive in the form of part case files, watercolours and wax moulages from Sidcup


Sites relating to modern day facial surgery

Changing Faces - an organisation supporting those who have suffered facial disfigurement

The Face Trust - run by the eminent plastic surgeon Peter Butler


Archive sites:

The National Archives : the starting point for any research on WW1 units and individuals

The WW1 Medal Roll is also online; invaluable for researching individual's names and affiliations. This can be accessed directly here

The British Library

Archon: web gateway of the Historical Manuscripts Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission - an online database enables you to find details on all those who died in the Great War.

Friends of War Memorials - " Dedicated to preserving the National Heritage of our War Memorials of every sort forever "

CEF Archive - searchable database, including many images of attestation papers etc, for Canadian Great War servicemen.

Newfoundland and the Great War

Australian War Memorial - a spectacular site, with a huge (searchable) archive of images and many other facilities. For a direct link to the medical Official Histories click here. I am grateful to Ric Pelvin for this information.

New Zealand WW1 records are now available in summary through the NZ Defence Force website

Casualty tag for a "Blighty" patient, Sapper Douglas RE (courtesy of Dougie Bryant)

UNESCO Archives Portal

Medical and medical history sites:

intute - medical resources website

The Hospital Records database - a useful site for identifying the location of historical information about UK hospitals.

The Wellcome Library - online catalogue of the Wellcome Institute

The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine - houses the National Archives of Plastic Surgery located at Harvard Medical School and includes the papers of Varazstad Kazanjian

The Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre: website of the archives of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

The History of Anaesthesia Society

Military medicine websites : from the MedHist index at the Wellcome

Sites with a local interest:

An anaesthetic being administered at the Queen's Hospital Sidcup

Kent VAD - all you need to know about Red Cross work in Kent in WW1. This site is maintained by Hazel Basford, who has a special interest in the Quex Park Hospital.

The Townshend Family - is a large family website with information about the Sydneys at Frognal House

Bexley Council (the Local Studies Centre now holds all post-1930 material from Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Erith & District Hospital)

Welcome to Sidcup: Steve Hadlow's site

Updated 4th November 2015


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