Group portrait of soldiers, many of them amputees, 1916-1917.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Postcard of British soldiers posing for a group photograph. Some are wearing artificial legs and others are in wheelchairs. Many are holding up their walking sticks and crutches. The title reads: 'Fragments from France and elsewhere meet the Future full of Faith and Hope'. Photographed at Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospital, Roehampton, London. This specialised orthopaedic hospital opened in 1915 and was mainly devoted to fitting artificial limbs to British soldiers who lost limbs during World War One, 1914-1918, of whom there were around 240,000.