Launched March 2016!
The book “A Century of Care – Erskine 1916 – 2016” journeys through Erskine’s 100-year history detailing how the Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers was founded to meet the overwhelming requirement to care for ex-Service men who had lost limbs in the Great War and who needed artificial limbs fitted.
With the help of the hospital’s first great surgeon, Sir William Macewen recruiting skilled workers from the nearby Clydeside shipyards, the Erskine limb was soon devised.
The book carries on to highlight 17 individual and inspiring stories of patients, staff, supporters and volunteers who have in their own way been part of the history of Erskine; including Erskine’s first patient, James Ritson whose left forearm was amputated as a result of injuries sustained at Gallipoli, and Joe Henry who survived three years in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp. The book concludes with a look at how Erskine will continue to meet the challenges of providing for veterans in the twenty-first century