Medical Case sheet of Private Harry Carter

Harry was severely wounded near Ypres in 1917; this document charts the care he received at a military hospital in Nottingham, including the amputation of two fingers.

Harry was one of ten children and was born in Bengeo, Hertford. He originally enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regiment and was part of the British Expeditionary Forces landing in 1914. In February 1916, Harry joined the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment and was severely wounded near Ypes on 23rd August 1917, suffering gunshot wounds to his right hand and both thighs. After receiving immediate attention at the Number 18 field hospital in Camiers, France, Harry was returned to England on Her Majesty’s Hospital Ship St David, staffed by Queen Alexandra nurses.

Within days, he was admitted to a Military hospital in Nottingham where detailed records of his condition and treatment were made. The hospital staff had no choice but to amputate his fourth and fifth fingers completely. There was concern over the wound on his left thigh which had become severely infected but fortunately this cleared and Harry began to heal well. Harry was eventually sent to recuperate at a Military hospital in Darlington and the museum holds several images of Harry and his fellow patients. Harry met his wife to be, Winifred Herring, whilst in hospital and the couple settled in Darlington.