Share stories of city’s war effort

Members of the 3rd West Riding Field Ambulance before being deployed to France
Members of the 3rd West Riding Field Ambulance before being deployed to France
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A RETIRED doctor is appealing for people to share family stories, archives, real life accounts or pictures of ancestors who were part of a Yorkshire city’s medical effort in the First World War.

To mark next year’s 100th anniversary, Dr Derek Cullen, a retired consultant physician from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, in Sheffield, has teamed up with Sheffield University’s Medical School to host an exhibition about the role of doctors from the city during 1914-1918 in June.

More than 70,000 sick and wounded soldiers were brought back to Sheffield during the First World War. Dr Cullen said: “We have a huge amount of intriguing material which really paints a heart wrenching picture of the role of Sheffield doctors, nurses, orderlies, stretcher bearers and chaplains who all played an equally heroic role in the care of the wounded and dying.”

David Cameron is visiting First World War graves and memorials on the former Western Front today. The PM will use the visit to Belgium to announce £5m in new funding to help conserve such sites in the UK and overseas.