With the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War a week away, today’s pictures are devoted to Portsmouth during those cataclysmic years.
They are taken from historian John Sadden’s intricately-researched book Portsmouth and Gosport at War (Amberley £14.99).
The 5th Southern General Hospital was an umbrella term covering hospitals in the Portsmouth and Gosport area which had come under military control on the outbreak of the war.
It originally comprised the Alexandra Military Hospital at Cosham (QA), the infirmary at Milton (St Mary’s) and the converted girls’ secondary school in Fawcett Road, Southsea.
In addition, the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, was given extra facilities on Whale Island, in Flathouse Road and at the Brodrick Hall in Clayhall Road, Gosport.
The 5th Southern expanded as more and more blinded and limbless men were deposited on platform 2 of Fratton railway station to await a police ambulance to Fawcett Road.
The walking wounded were met with cheers from onlookers in Goldsmith Avenue and Fratton Bridge.
But while the returning hero with his arm in a sling was an acceptable image of war, the scenes of men, hardly recognisable as such, were profoundly shocking.