The Doctor By C.R Nevinson. 1916
The Doctor By C.R Nevinson. 1916. The setting is the 'Shambles' (an old vernacular English term for a slaughter-house), a covered goods yard outside Dunkirk where wounded soldiers were treated. They were deposited here on arrival from the Front before medical facilities were properly organised to cope with the enormous flood of injured men. Nevinson's first job as a volunteer with the Red Cross was to tend to the dying men. In his autobiography, 'Paint and Prejudice', Nevinson describes his work at the 'Shambles': 'Our doctors took charge, and in five minutes I was nurse, water-carrier, stretcher-bearer, driver, and interpreter. Gradually the shed was cleansed, disinfected and made habitable, and by working all night we managed to dress most of the patients' wounds.'