A free Armistice-themed exhibition at Lewisham Library looks at the medical front in Lewisham and the people-civilians and soldiers-who fought in it.
The number of wounded was unprecedented and caring for them at home was a huge challenge for both the military and civilian authorities.
The exhibition explains how the wounded were brought from the front line to Lewisham Military Hospital and how they were cared for.
Nurses played a vital role. As well as caring for the wounded, some like Sister Daisy Ankers, kept autograph books to boost morale.
Daisy’s autograph book has the names of many soldiers treated at Lewisham Military Hospital.
Many were wounded during the gas attack at Ypres (April–May) 1915.
Daisy’s autograph book was recently donated to Lewisham Archives and was the inspiration for the exhibition.
It can be seen, together with colour reproductions of some pages, in a separate archive display in the Local History and Archive Centre reading room.
Opening times: Exhibition 9am-7pm Tuesday-Friday, 10am-7pm Monday, 9am -5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday.
Autograph book Archive display Tuesday’s and Thursdays 9.30-12.45 & 14.15-17.45. Otherwise by appointment(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Venues: Exhibition 2nd Floor Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street.