07 June 2019

7th June 1919 - Age Limit Extended and blamed


On 7th June 1919 there is a report that a lot of people being admitted to shell-shock hospitals were not shell-shock cases but other conditions exacerbated by being soldiers at war.

It read 'A medical man in London states that one the most distressing features in a shell shock hospital to-day the number of older men, now arriving, who are suffering from mental disorders rather than from shell-shock. They are men who should never have been passed for the Army, and they have been unable to endure the strain of military life, or else were potential epileptics. These men, if they are released too soon, are really public dangers, have had too many deeds of violence lately committed by demobilised soldiers, and it is hoped that the military authorises are making amends for past misdeeds by taking special care of these sad cases. '

Article from british news paper archive

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