• Henry Percy Pickerill

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  • British War Medal
  • Birth

    Hereford, UK
    Sunday, 3 August 1879

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Thursday, 21 December 1916

  • Embarked from Wellington, New Zealand, aboard Athenic to Plymouth, UK.

    Wellington, New Zealand
    Saturday, 30 December 1916

  • Seconded to the 2nd New Zealand General Hospital in Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom.

    Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK
    Friday, 30 March 1917

  • Appointed Medical-Officer-in-Charge of the New Zealand Section of Queen’s Hospital, Sidcup, UK.

    Sidcup, UK
    Thursday, 10 January 1918

  • On duty at Queen’s Hospital, Sidcup, UK.

    Sidcup, UK
    Monday, 25 February 1918

  • Brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for war for valuable services rendered in connection with the war or published in the forces by the W. O. (war office). To be Officer of the military division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for valuable services rend in connection with the war.

    Sunday, 15 June 1919

Stories and comments
    • Facing the future
    • Posted by NAAadmin, Tuesday, 21 October 2014

    The injuries inflicted upon soldiers in the mechanised, industrial style of warfare in World War I could be horrifying. Weapons such as shells and shrapnel could facially disfigure a soldier in a way that could make it even more difficult to transition back into life at home. The treatment of these injuries required new, innovative and sometimes radical techniques to give soldiers the best possible quality of life. Henry Pickerill was a pioneer surgeon in the treatment of facial and jaw injuries. He established a unit for the treatment of these injuries at the No. 2 New Zealand General Hospital, where he achieved remarkable results for the treatment of horrific wounds. His ground-breaking work resulted in the award of an OBE in 1919.