west lancashire

British 55th (West Lancashire) Division troops blinded by a gas attack, await treatment at an Advanced Dressing Station near Bethune during the Battle of Estaires, Nord-Pas-de-Calais on the 10th of April 1918, part of the German offensive in Flanders.
The bandages were normally water-soaked to provide a rudimentary form of pain relief to the eyes of casualties before they reached more organized medical help.

A party of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division going into action near Bethune during the Battle of The Lys in April 1918. Copyright image Q341 from the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection held at the Imperial War Museum, with my thanks. The division’s defence of Givenchy on 9 April 1918 and following days was one of the turning points of the war on the Western Front.