artificial leg, box
Dimensions: Overall (leg): 200 x 940mm
Overall (box): 240 x 275 x 960mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1981.989
Sapper Albert Jenkins grew up in Sharrow and was severely injured in the First World War. He received 36 wounds to his body, and had to have one of his legs amputated. This type of temporary leg was known as a pylon and was used to help soldiers get used to the feel and idea of an artificial leg. Albert later received treatment at Chapel Allerton Hospital in Leeds in the 1930s to make him a more permanent artificial leg. Several of Albert’s wounds never fully healed, so he was unable to use the permanent artificial leg made for him to replace the pylon.