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Plaque showing stretcher bearers carrying the wounded, United Kingdom, 1914-1920

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Throughout the First World War, the sight of stretcher bearers carrying the wounded would have been a familiar one. This plaster plaque was probably made as a preliminary model for a larger sculpture – perhaps to commemorate the dead or the services of medical teams and stretcher bearers.

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Glossary: plaque

An ornamental tablet of metal, porcelain etc that depicts a person, scene or inscription. Often fixed to a building in commemoration of a person or notable historical occurence.