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Ellie Grigsby: the forgotten faces of the Great War

6.45 pm

We are pleased to announce our next talk on Tuesday 10 November 2020. Historian Ellie Grigsby will speak about her campaign to erect a memorial to acknowledge the ‘forgotten heroes’ of the Great War.

According to Government figures around 60,500 British men returned from the Great War with facial injuries. This, however, is a conservative figure when considering the figures for France (500,000) and Germany (300,000). Ellie Grigsby wrote her Masters dissertation on this subject, becoming aware that there were no memorials to these men who returned home with disfigured faces, “I looked at how the victims were seen as a spectacle. They did not get the same hero status as amputees or physically healthy survivors, they were lost. I was trying to find them again”.

Ellie raised over £12,000 to commission a memorial at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, where many of these men were treated. The Queen’s Hospital, as it was then called, was the first hospital dedicated to facial injuries and was established in 1917 by Dr. Harold Gillies, the ‘father of plastic surgery’.  

Our Research Curator, Rosamund Lily West, will chair the event and there will be opportunity to ask questions after the talk.

Please note, this event will be held via Zoom.

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Ellie Grigsby alongside the memorial at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup.