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World War I pensioner digging with a prosthetic arm, 6 May 1942.
World War I pensioner digging a vegetable patch with a prosthetic arm at the Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospital in Roehampton, London on 6 May 1942. This specialised orthopaedic hospital opened in 1915 and was mainly devoted to fitting artificial limbs to the thousands of British soldiers who lost limbs during World War One, 1914-1918. As the contemporary caption on this photograph says, "This pensioner of the Great War is fitted with an artificial arm for a very short, above elbow stump, and is able to 'Dig for Victory'. "