Work of hero medics is recalled in Sheffield exhibition

Dr Derek Cullen.
Dr Derek Cullen.

Heroism of doctors, nurses and medical staff who cared for the wounded of World War I will be recalled through a special exhibition hosted by The University of Sheffield Medical School.

The exhibition, opening next Thursday, will highlight the awe-inspiring work of the 3rd West Riding Field Ambulance on the Western Front in France and Flanders.

Inspirational stories of Sheffield doctors, nurses, stretcher bearers, nursing orderlies and chaplains will be told through intriguing medical artefacts, war-time journals, personal accounts and traditional uniforms.

More than 70,000 wounded and sick soldiers returning to Sheffield were cared for in the city’s hospitals, halls, schools and even cricket pavilions by the territorial force of the 3rd Northern General Hospital.

Curator Dr Derek Cullen said: “The heroism of the medical staff is reflected in the numbers in the unit decorated with military medals.”

One of the most unique items on display will be the skull of Joe Clarke, who sustained a serious head injury in France, was brought back to Sheffield and had part of his skull covered by a gold plate made by city silversmiths Mappin and Webb.