These images show some of the men who received facial injuries in the First World War who are featured in a book exploring the origins of modern plastic surgery.

In this piece, author and retired consultant rheumatologist Andrew Bamji, gives an account of his book ‘Faces From The Front: Harold Gillies, The Queen’s Hospital, Sidcup and the Origins of Modern Plastic Surgery,’ which looks at some of the remarkable technical advances pioneered at the 320-bed medical institution in south London that was set up following the Battle of the Somme to reconstruct the faces of wounded WW1 soldiers.

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