The history of health and the Army

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


This talk discussed the history of the relationship between health and the Army over the last two centuries. The narrative followed the journey displayed in the Soldier gallery of the National Army Museum highlighting the links between health, the Army Medical Services, and the effectiveness of the British Army. The overall health of the British population determines the physical fitness of recruits entering the Army. The quality of a soldier’s uniform and equipment, preventive medicine measures on operations, standards of Army barracks and housing affect the health of soldiers throughout their service. The size and capabilities of the Army Medical Services determine the health outcomes of those who become sick or injured whilst in the Army. Finally, the nature and quality of public health and welfare services influence the long-term live experience of Veterans. The talk showed how the issues are remarkably unchanged since the lessons from the breakdown of medical services during the Crimean War led to the formation of the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1898. These topics continue to be important issues that have faced the Army through every war and campaign since.
Period28 Apr 2023
Event titleNational Army Museum Lunchtime Lectures
Event typeSeminar
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational