WWI Darned Sock

A darned sock, used for occupational therapy purposes by WWI returned servicemen. The thousands of physical and psychological casualties created on the battlefields led to the development occupational therapy as a treatment for injured or shellshocked soldiers. Rehabilitation programs were introduced in military hospitals where patients learnt arts and crafts such as weaving and painting, or, for those physically able, heavier skills like wood work and welding. “Lap crafts” that could be done while seated or in bed were particularly useful for the wounded, and needlecraft such as embroidery and darning proved effective in developing fine motor skills and co-ordination in those with limb injuries or the ticks and tremors of shellshock.

This darned sock is in the collection of the Moruya Museum