Christmas is fast approaching; excitement is building as food and last-minute presents are bought. For many of us itâs a time to relax and consider the last year, but what would Christmas have been like 100 years ago?
ManyÂ were away from family, serving in the First World War.Â The MailOnline recently featured five âChristmas Cards from the Frontâ from our First World War collection, which would have lifted the spirits of thoseÂ separated from their families. But what aboutÂ all theÂ people notÂ âon the frontâ 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.