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Talking Heads - Horrors of the Trenches

An exhibit of short videos based upon the two books by A E Shipley, 'The Minor Horrors of War' published in 1915 and 'More Minor Horrors' published in 1916.


These illustrated books detailed some of the horrific problems of day to day life faced by soldiers who served in the trenches of the First World War. Copies of both books are held in the collections of the LMI.


Nick Beeching/Meg Parkes

Trench Foot

Geoff Gill/Meg Parkes

Shell Shock and  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Geoff Gill/Meg Parkes


Nick Beeching/Meg Parkes

General Health/Wound Infection

Nick Beeching/Meg Parkes

The Contribution of the Liverpool

School of Tropical Medicine

Geoff Gill/Meg Parkes


DR NICK BEECHING is a Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Clinical Director of the Tropical and Infectious Disease Unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He is an Honorary Civilian Consultant Advisor in Infectious Diseases to the Army Medical Directorate. In addition to expertise in infections, he has an interest in medical history and helped Dr Dion Bell and Professor Geoff Gill assess the Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) in Liverpool.

PROFESSOR GEOFF GILL is a Consultant in General Medicine and Diabetes at University Hospital Aintree and Professor of Medicine in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and at the University of Liverpool. He has written extensively on various aspects of medical history, including his Master's and PhD theses on aspects of FEPOW life and medical care.

MRS MEG PARKES qualified and worked as a nurse, and has a special interest in FEPOW history as her father was a FEPOW.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine can be found at



We thank the following staff at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust:
JACKIE SODEN, Medical Photographer, Department of Reprographics and Medical Illustration


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