With only a limited opportunity to comment on action at the Front, Country Life made care of the wounded and arrangements for prisoners particular themes of its wartime coverage. Encouraged to think imaginatively about their patriotic contribution, readers were urged to convert motors to ambulances and to make lavender bags.
This photograph was published in June 1917 to accompany an article about life in a suburban war hospital.
From the letters pages in 1915: three wounded soldiers playing golf at St. Leonard’s house outside Edinburgh. The men to either side – Corporal Parker and Rifleman Gould – lost legs on the same day at Neuve Chapelle. Corporal Parkinson, in the centre, was wounded at Aisne.
In 1915, Country Life reported on a team of three surgeons, 25 nurses, four interpreters, a druggist and a bacteriologist arrived from Tokyo to set up Hôpital Bénévole Japonaise in the Astoria Hotel, on the Champs Elysées in Paris. Here, Professor Shihota conducts an operation.
In December 1916, Country Life reported on the arrangements being made to employ German prisoners on the land. This accompanying photograph, taken at an unidentified site, shows captured soldiers hoeing mangolds.
Hospitals were given extensive coverage in Country Life, This photograph, at a ward in Roehampton House, was published in 1915.
A photograph published in 1916, showing a convoy of Charron ambulances in the service of the French army. It appeared in the motoring column.
This article of 1916 reports on a German book of photographs showing allied prisoners. Captured materials and photographs were occasionally published in the magazine.
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