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Several of the burials were amputees which had clearly died as a result of their wounds (evidenced by unhealed sawn bone) although one had survived with a well-healed stump. Two of the burials produced naval buttons, suggesting that jackets had been buried along with the body. Several of the graves were multiple and it is understood that this occurs when many casualties have been brought into the hospital within a short space of time – perhaps as a result of the wounded being returned to shore from a conflict. The grave is cut and receives the first burial, but if further deaths were expected the grave was left open. Up to three bodies have been found one above the other in more than one grave.