"The Wounded at Dover" by John Lavery (painting)

Date: 1918
The scene shows wounded soldiers boarding a hospital train from Dover Marine Station.

The station had just been completed in 1914 when war broke out, and was first used for transporting the sick and wounded who were returning from Flanders. Between January 1915 and February 1919 an estimated 1,260,000 wounded and ill soldiers passed through the port and were moved on to all parts of the country from the station.
Image courtesy of Imperial War Museum © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1273)


  • howard mcsweeney1
    29 June 2017 at 19:42
    I might be wrong but I thought that all troops left from Folkestone because the powers that be didn't want the soldiers to see the dead and injured arriving back at Dover.
  • Guest 1831
    29 June 2017 at 22:50
    The above comment is true. The soldiers going to War mainly left from Folkestone. The dead and wounded came through Dover. What a horrific War it was. However, this is a very good painting.

    Thank you,
  • Vic Matcham
    30 June 2017 at 11:48
    Sad but well painted
  • Chris
    30 June 2017 at 12:19
    Thanks for the information, I've updated the description.
  • Weird Granny Slater
    4 July 2017 at 13:09
    Chris, if it's of interest, there are least two other Dover-based wartime paintings by Lavery: and

    Lavery was an Irish painter, influenced by Whistler and associated with the Glasgow School. He was appointed a 1WW artist but, following an accident, was confined to the Home Front until after the war. Known chiefly for his society portraits, he apparently later regretted the time spent on that aspect of his art.
  • Chris
    5 July 2017 at 17:42
    Thanks WGS!
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