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Two amputee soldiers in the 'Hospital Blue' uniform at the 4th London General Hospital (King's College Hospital in London) 1918.
The Hospital Blues uniform was worn by those patients who could get out of bed. They were a flannel type material of a blue hue with a single breasted suit and trousers. Each had a white lining. The tie would have been red and the shirt white. Regimental caps were worn and medals were displayed on the left breast. Those with missing limbs would have had their arms and trouser legs of the missing limbs carefully folded up and pinned back. Those lucky enough to still have feet, wore either both boots, highly polished or just a sad lonely one.
During the First World War, a large part of King's College hospital was requisitioned by the War Office to create the 4th London General Hospital, a facility for the Royal Army Medical Corps to treat military casualties.
(Photo source - © IWM Q 27815)
Lewis, George P. (Photographer)
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The man on the left is Dr. Bill Krissoff, an orthopedic surgeon. The man on the right, his son, First Lt. Nathan Krissoff who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq in 2006.
Upon receiving the news, Bill decided to honor his son by joining the military; the only catch was his age. Bill was 60 years old at the time, and way above the age limit for enlistment.
In August, the surgeon seized an opportunity when he and his wife, Christine, were invited to meet President Bush in Reno along with the families of other fallen soldiers from the area. The President asked: “Is there anything that I can do?” Bill replied: “Well, there is one thing. I'd like to join the Navy Medical Corps. Is there any way you could help me with this process?”
A few days later, President Bush granted him an age waiver and Bill was able to join. In 2009, at the age of 63, he deployed to Iraq for 7 months, came home, and immediately volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan. He is credited for saving dozens of lives while performing more than 200 trauma operations.
Bill Krissoff said most people understood why he joined the military, especially those who lost a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan. But he said others think he was crazy to give up a successful orthopedic practice to go to a war zone.
"I tell them I'm honored and privileged ...
Lt. Bob Kershaw (left) wearing his DSO ribbon and Capt. Jack Frost (right) photographed with a Hawker Hurricane in what seems to be a rather bomb - damaged hangar, after the events described below.
On 15 March 1941, Italian SM 79 bombers struck several SAAF bases, and in response, the SAAF set out to destroy the enemy base at Diredawa.
In their first attack, the SAAF aircraft were intercepted by three Italian Fiat Cr 32’s.
Capt. Frost was credited with the destruction of one of these aircraft, one more was claimed by Capt. Theron, and the destruction of one was claimed as shared by Morley and Venter.
The SAAF aircraft returned to their base to refuel and replenish ammunition, and later in the afternoon returned to Diredawa for a second attack.
By now though, the Italians were waiting for them.
Lt. Harvey’s Hurricane was hit, burst into flames, and crashed into a building.
Jack Frost, flying Hurricane 280 “W”, was next to be hit by ground fire.
His engine started streaming glycol, and he was forced to make an emergency landing at a satellite airfield. Jack hastily exited his stricken aircraft and tried to set fire to it. After failing several times, he sought cover, since the Italian gunners had by now spotted him as well as his Hurricane and he started taking heavy fire.
Capt. Frost’s wingman, Lt. Bob Kershaw, flying Hurricane 284 “J”, made several efforts to dislodge the Italians, but with little or no success.
Kershaw then made a landing close to Capt. Frost, and with Frost sitting on Kershaw’s lap in the cramped cockpit, took off again and made the 45 minute flight back to their base.
Kershaw was awarded an immediate DSO for the rescue of his OC.
Jack Frost was shot down on 16 June 1942 near Bir Hakeim in Egypt.
Neither his remains nor the wreckage of his aircraft have ever been found.
Frost was the highest scoring ace of the SAAF during WW, with 15 kills.
He received the DFC and Bar, and was Mentioned in Dispatches.
Bob Kershaw served four operational tours before crashing behind enemy lines in 1945, and spending the last few weeks of the war as a POW.
After a successful career in business, he retired in Knysna, passing away in 1996.
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This hardcore Scot is Tommy Macpherson aka the “Kilted Killer”
Served as an officer in the No.11 Scottish Commandoes in WW2.
In 1941, during a daring four man raid to capture Erwin Rommel in North Africa, he was captured by the enemy.
In a span of 2 years, he escaped a total of 7 times till finally making it back to the UK.
Days after his return, he was ordered by Winston Churchill himself to “Set Europe ablaze”
He parachuted behind enemy in lines in France and began a long campaign of destruction alongside the French resistance.
Virtually every single night, he would either kill Germans or destroy their supplies and communications.
On one occasion when a German staff car was approaching a level crossing Macpherson booby-trapped the barrier arm so it crashed down on the vehicle, decapitating the local commandant and his driver
He single handedly captured 23,000 men and 1,000 vehicles in one night by simply convincing a German General that he was in command of the Allied forces in the area.
As a touch of class, he would ride around the enemy country side in a black French car with a British flag attached to it. The Germans placed a 300,000 franc bounty on his head
He then went to Italy and pretty much did all of the above again.
Wounded numerous times and awarded the Military Cross for his actions.
One of the most decorated soldier in history
He recently passed away at the age of 94 (Nov.6.2014)
Side note: He did all of the above wearing the full Highlander battledress..including the kilt.
'LEST WE FORGET'. Rest In Eternal Peace Sir. ...
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Timeline PhotosThis weeks' centenary Fragment, 'The Brand of Cain' was Bruce Bairnsfather's comment on the continuing reports of plans to bring the former Kaiser to trial. His punishment here is one many would have welcomed!
Published in The Bystander 100 years ago today, on, 3 Dec 1919. ...