Stephen Warner Diaries, Volume II, April 2016

3Thursday April 11

“today we had a terrible case in the theatre – the patient had half his nose, the whole of his right cheekbone and upper jaw and about 1/3 of his tongue shot away – his right eye and lower jaw were saved to him – we could do little for him except, as it were, to pull him together a bit before sending him to England – this in appearance, was one of the worst cases I have see.”

Sunday April 16

“another poor chap came on the table with both his legs off and a very badly fractured arm. When someone remarked that death would  be a happy release for him, his M.O. said he truly wanted just to get back to England to see his wife – it seemed so pathetic on quite big man at that – he died a day or two later.”


Stephen Warner Diaries, Volume II, March 1916

3Wednesday March 1

“have just returned from a walk along the shore with Evelyn this evening to get a little fresh air and quietness – it is the first I have been able to have for some time”

“Sister Elmsley is still away – she seems to have had a very nasty attack of ‘flu meanwhile Fluffy does her best. I am sorry to say that we have been having quite a number of leg amputations lately”

Monday March 6

“today we completed our six months as a hospital – having opened on September 6th 1915. We have, to date, admitted 4574 patients and 106 officers, we have had 579 operations, 33 leg amputations and 4 arm amputations and 55 deaths”

“there was a case where the F.B. had hit the man in the upper 1/3 of the left thigh passing through between the feanoral vein and artery and making a whole in the former and stopping off the outer coat of the artery thus allowing the thin mines wall to swell out”

Friday March 10

“I dread to think I have  ever tried before that we possess our own cinematograph which is carried about by two men and is taken from ward to ward at nigh time so as to amuse the patients – the pictures are wonderfully good for a small affair and what is also important, they flicker wonderfully little.”

Monday March 13

“Corporal Harbottle has told me that he heard one or two fellows say openly that religion should have no place in this war but as usual religion is a topic almost taboo in general conversation.”

Thursday March 16

“only the other day a lorry of 19 came in wounded in the chest by this means – the metal passed through the spine and paralysed him. He ultimately died reciting the Lord’s Prayer and calling for his mother. – there is nothing more heart wrenching than to see these boys torn and mutilated and suffering so much pain at such an early age.”

Stephen Warner Diaries, Volume II, February 2016

3Saturday February 5

“it is just 5 months to the day since the hospital opened and during this time we have admitted 4073 patients (Tommies sick or wounded and officers). There have been 41 deaths all told and 464 operations”

Tuesday February 15

“the other day at the O.C. we got the months bill for coke – £158! – charged at a rate of about £451 per ton – a scandalous price” 26 –

Wednesday February 23

“had a terrible case the other day – a thigh riddled with gangrene which had to come off high up – so high. That we had to take the tourniquet off and I had to apply pressure while they cut and tied. We found that the gas has gone right up into the groin and his chance of living seems to be very small – indeed it seemed doubtful at the time if we should get him off the table alive”

“it is so difficult ever to get away from the turmoil and bustle or find time to pull yourself together and take stock of things. I do not know how it may be elsewhere but certainly I see little evidence in our camp of this war having brought men back to religion – indeed I understand that some of our fellows openly say that religion must be put in the background while the war is going on.”

Stephen Warner Diaries, Volume II, January 1916



Sunday January 2

“4 French soldiers on horseback clattered past me all wearing this new steel helmet and two of them had lances as well. I rubbed my eyes and wondered whether I was in the 17th or 20th centuries, such strangeness this war brought me.”

Tuesday January 5

“today is a sad day – after having been on the verge of going for some weeks Nurse Harriet has at last really left us and gone to another ward. I am quite sorry – she was always so bright and pleasant and amusing that she did one good.”

Saturday January 29

“I am now trying to induce the O.C. to allow me to apply for a commission – I cannot help feeling that I ought to be doing more really ‘active service’ than I am”

The Borough of Broxbourne and Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation

On 9 September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II claims the title as Britain’s longest reigning monarch, having reigned since the age of 25.

She acceded to the throne in 1952 following the death of her father and has reigned during a time of great change.

Queen Victoria previously held the title of longest reigning monarch.

Below is a gallery of images from the Museum’s collection showing parties held for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation around the Borough of Broxbourne.