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Not for the faint-hearted: medical care during WW1

WW1 postcard

Lillie Uren (left) in nurse's uniformIt was great to see a packed house in early April at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, for a talk on medical care and nursing in World War One. The talk was inspired by our volunteer Valerie Grigg who has contributed such a lot to our exhibition on Cornwall during the war years.

Heart of Conflict throws a spotlight on life in the county between 1914-18: Valerie, a nurse herself, has had an interest in medical care at the time since she started researching her grandfather’s war record many years ago.

The talk threw a spotlight on several stories in the collection: the men from Dolcoath mine who became stretcher bearers in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Lillie Uren who met her future husband during First Aid training and a hospital for officers in a large house near Redruth.