WWI plastic surgery records

Records for 2,328 men who received facial plastic surgery from Dr Harold Gillies between 1917 and 1925 are now searchable on findmypast.co.uk.

The records can reveal your ancestor’s name, regiment, rank, injuries sustained, plus the dates they joined the army, arrived overseas, were wounded and then admitted and discharged from hospital.

Dr Gillies is renowned for developing the first skin grafting and plastic surgery techniques to treat WWI soldiers left wounded with severe facial disfigurements. More than 11,000 operations were performed between 1917 and 1925 at The Queen’s Hospital in Sidcup, Kent.

As the records contain sensitive information, findmypast has not published personal medical notes, hospital records or individual photographs. If your ancestors were injured in WWI and underwent surgery, you can search these records to see if they received treatment from Dr Gillies’ team.