UK Archives Digitizes World War I Hospital Diaries

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The UK National Archives has digitized almost 250 World War I hospital diaries and put them online. According t The National Archives web site at

“Diaries of 247 First World War hospital camps, hospital ships, convalescent hospitals and veterinary hospitals are now available to read online. The National Archives digitised the documents as part of Disability History Month.

“These war diaries reveal different methods of treating injured and disabled soldiers, and give insight into life in hospital during the First World War.

“The diaries give fascinating details about daily routines, operations and special events, including Christmas services: on board Hospital Ship Vasna in December 1918, ‘a generous supply of gifts were obtained from the Red Cross Depot in Basra and were distributed by the Matron to all patients, passengers and staff.’ Read more about Christmas aboard hospital ships on our blog.”

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