Christmas is fast approaching; excitement is building as food and last-minute presents are bought. For many of us it’s a time to relax and consider the last year, but what would Christmas have been like 100 years ago?
Many were away from family, serving in the First World War. The MailOnline recently featured five ‘Christmas Cards from the Front’ from our First World War collection, which would have lifted the spirits of those separated from their families. But what about all the people not ‘on the front’ who also served in the First World War?
Over 200 hospital war diaries from the First World War are now available online, making them available globally for the first time. These war diaries reveal the many challenges involved in setting up hospitals in battlegrounds and hospital ships out at sea as well as the staggering amount of logistics involved in nursing thousands of soldiers and animals back to health so they could return to battle.
They also show fascinating details about daily routines, operations, and even Christmas services, giving insight into life in hospital during the First World War.