A century ago it was wounded soldiers, rather than celebrities, queuing for the latest plastic surgery. The First World War saw the rise of terrible facial injuries, which left many patients afraid of what their families and friends would say when they saw how badly disfigured they were.

However, thanks to the hard work and dedication of brilliant pioneering surgeons and anaesthetists who carried out long operations to reconstruct these wounded men’s badly injured faces, they could hope for a normal life.