Images show how soldiers seriously injured in WWI had faces transformed by surgeon Harold Gillies


They were men with facial injuries so severe they were slapped with labels that simply read ‘GOK’ – God Only Knows.

For these soldiers, who had been wounded in the horrendous fighting of the First World War, hope of any sort of normal life was scant.

But pioneering surgeon Sir Harold Gillies offered an olive branch that transformed the prospects of dozens of disfigured young men who fell under his care.

Now, a new book by historian Dr Lindsey Harris explores the work of Gillies, who is widely…



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