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Heather Streets

Army are found to be physically unfit for military service’. 7 In light of the hostile climate between Britain and Europe this was a serious problem indeed, for the report solemnly declared that ‘no nation was ever yet for any long time great and free, when the army it put into the field no longer represented its own virility and manhood’. 8 Yet while it cannot be said that the military achieved its

in Martial races
Nursing older people in British hospitals, 1945–80
Jane Brooks

staff geriatric wards – ‘a lot of the care relied on students being there’ – and remarked how placement on the geriatric ward could be used as a form of punishment for misdemeanours.83 In her study of care provision for older people, Doreen Norton confirmed the role of the geriatric ward as a place of punishment for ‘[nurses] who had displeased in some way … or those who were considered physically unfit or clinically unsafe to work elsewhere’.84 The association of the geriatric ward with punishment or ineptitude further exacerbated the low status attributed to

in Histories of nursing practice
Laura Ugolini

proved a resilient one. Caldwell soon lost any enthusiasm for the movement, coming to the conclusion that it was driven mainly by ‘the desire to peacock it in uniform’.68 In June 1917 he told Clark that the only • 165 • chap5.indd 165 05/04/2013 11:05:46 Civvies men left on the home front were either too busy working ‘in some occupation of national importance’ to train with the volunteers or were ‘men rejected as physically unfit on grounds of bad health or physical infirmity, and what use would these “rejects” be if called out’ in case of invasion? ‘What was the

in Civvies
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Arnold White and the parochial view of imperial citizenship
Daniel Gorman

. 25 Arnold White, ‘Race Culture,’ in The Views of Vanoc: An Englishman’s Outlook (London, 1910), p. 285. 26 White reported that in 1898 the medical department of the army rejected 23,287 out of 66,501 recruits because they were deemed physically unfit for

in Imperial citizenship
Kent Fedorowich

posture. Repeated warnings were dispatched to the OSC that Canadian landing regulations would be strictly enforced. Safeguards, such as a more thorough medical examination at the port of disembarkation, were suggested. Disabled pensioners were singled out, and Ottawa insisted that the physically unfit be stopped at Canadian ports and deported before they become a public charge. 86 The Soldier Settlement Board emphasised

in Emigrants and empire
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Workplace and suburban neurosis in the interwar period
Jill Kirby

the researchers with many unanswered questions regarding the effectiveness of nervous people and the difficulties they faced in adapting to ‘the ordinary economic environment’. 41 A report on the IHRB research in the British Journal of Medical Psychology concluded that just as some people were physically unfit for certain occupations and were therefore denied them, some were ‘temperamentally unsuited for particular conditions, and they should be diverted into occupations suitable for them’. However, it noted that ‘Much more work is needed for more definite

in Feeling the strain
Barbara Korte

article about Trafalgar in All the Year Round from 1867. It draws Nelson as a man who knows his duty to his country even though he is physically unfit for heroic action: Fragile, thin, and sickly, weakened by ague in childhood, beaten down by fever in the East Indies, almost killed by dysentery at Honduras, always sick at sea, an eye lost at Corsica, an arm at Cadiz, cut about the head at the battle of the Nile, struck in the side in another engagement, his cough dangerous, he scarcely hoped to fight more than one more battle. Yet his heart was sound as ever, and the

in A new naval history
The Kinder
Tony Kushner

, is followed by one of the most chilling items presented in the exhibition as a whole – a dissecting table from a Nazi euthanasia centre for children regarded as mentally or physically unfit.69 Inevitably, the trauma of the Holocaust has made its mark on post-war Jewish identities whether at an individual or collective level. Susan Soyinka’s 130 The Kinder mother came to England in 1938 as a young refugee from Vienna and was one of the few members of her family to survive the Nazi era. Soyinka has written a powerful account of the evacuation of the Jews’ Free

in The battle of Britishness
Laura Ugolini

specimen of that’.61 Despite such lowering of standards, rejection rates remained significant. In September 1918 the Prime Minister, Lloyd George, asserted that in the course of the war around one million men had been turned down as physically unfit for military service.62 It is worth noting that physical unfitness did not necessarily ensure sympathetic treatment. As healthy, strong bodies gained a new centrality to late Victorian and Edwardian notions of good citizenship, with ‘the fit • 132 • chap4.indd 132 05/04/2013 11:05:21 Civilians and military service male

in Civvies
Laura Ugolini

Haven, CT, 2004), p. 15. 104 Ibid., pp. 15, 178–80. 105 W. J. Dawson, The Father of a Soldier (John Lane, The Bodley Head, ­London, 1918), pp. 78, 93. The book follows Dawson’s growing acceptance of his sons’ military service as ‘the highest duty which the soul can recognise’. See pp. 196–7. 106 Quoted in Emden and Humphries, All Quiet on the Home Front, p. 24. Burge was rejected as physically unfit for military service. See also p. 25. 107 Robinson, ‘Diary of the Great War’, 10 November 1914, vol. 1, P.401, IWM Documents. 108 Ibid., 26 October 1915. 109 Ibid

in Civvies