Systematic medical triage began during WWI when surgical treatment of injuries had a better than not chance of saving a life. However, there were a limited number of surgeons and surgical facilities and this and other necessities led to the very reasonable system of triage.
If successful in the various tests, new volunteers had to make a solemn promise to do their duty. In a ceremony led by recruiting officers, new soldiers swore an oath of allegiance to the king upon a Bible. But, with so many men eager to join up, the process was often rushed. Sometimes men were asked to recite the oath simultaneously in groups to speed the process up, as seen in this photograph - They look so young
Robert Graves, age Although reported dead at the Somme, Graves was one of the few of his generation to survive World War I. He became a translator, poet and novelist, and was the author of "I Claudius." Graves died at the age of 90 in
In the British Army during WWI, a wound stripe was awarded for each occasion a person was wounded, not for each wound. Any number could be worn. Worn vertically on the left cuff • introduced August 1916. All Commonwealth troops wore the same pattern stripe. The soldier above has been wounded on three separate occasions.
Revealed: How Germans were banned from eating sausages during WWI because intestines of 250,000 cows were needed to make each Zeppelin