National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

World War One Crutches

World War One Crutches

Herbert Mills served in World War I and was severely wounded and shell shocked. As part of his rehabilitation he was given these crutches. When he returned to New Zealand doctors only gave him six months to live but he instead lived until he was 83 years old.

The donor, who boarded with Mr Herbert for a time, remembers he had shrapnel in his legs which would come to the surface in his old age. He spoke little of his war experiences and did not attend ANZAC Day services until the last few years of his life. Mr Herbert gave the donor the crutches to use when he broke his leg.