WWI Veterans: The Portraits of Henry Tonks

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Courtesy of Slade School/Royal College of Surgeons

Guidance: Please Note

Contains graphic medical scenes which some may find disturbing

From of a series of pastel portraits by Henry Tonks (1862-1937) showing patients treated by Harold Gillies and colleagues at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, during and after the First World War. i) Burbridge (named as Burbidge on his hospital record) was a 37-year-old private in the 20th Royal Fusiliers when he was injured in October 1916. He underwent three operations before being discharged in May 1918. ii) Deeks was a 25-year-old Private in the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment when he was wounded in France on 1 July 1916. iii) Gunner Wilkins served in the Royal Field Artillery.

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