Liverpool medics unveil frieze commemorating over 100 years of service

November 6, 2015

208 (Liverpool) Field Hospital has commissioned a 3 metre x 1 metre wall frieze by renowned Merseyside artist Tom Murphy. The piece, entitled ‘Looking Back’ depicts the history of military medicine on Merseyside and will be unveiled at the unit’s headquarters in Childwall as part of the week’s Remembrance commemorations.

Artist Tom Murphy and Col Debbie Telford, CO 208 (Liverpool) Fd Hosp

Artist Tom Murphy and Col Debbie Telford, CO 208 (Liverpool) Fd Hosp

The frieze shows the presence of the unit in conflicts over the past 100 years, including the First and Second World Wars, the Falklands, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Artist Tom Murphy said: “I spent time talking to Colonel Debbie Telford and other members of the team here about various ideas and we’d look at pictures and drawings. Out of that the final artwork emerged.”

Colonel Debbie Telford, Commanding Officer 208 (Liverpool) Field Hospital, said: “Last year, as we began the commemorations of the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, it struck me that 208 (Liverpool) Field Hospital has played a part in almost every major campaign from 1908 up to the present day. As medics, we needed to capture the history of our contribution, providing life-saving treatment in any field of conflict in any part of the world. I’m absolutely delighted with the finished frieze that Tom has created. It couldn’t epitomise what we do any better for me.”

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