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064: April 2002


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Doctors in the Great War


Ian R WhiteheadPen & Sword 2013, Pen & Sword Ltd, Barnsley South Yorkshire (Previously 1999) £14.99, 309 pp, ill, sources, bibliog, index ISBN Number 978 1 78346 174 5 his work by historian Ian R Whitehead highlights an area of the Great War that has been obvious to any student of the war, but not analysed and explored in detail until no…

British Medical Casualties on the Western Front in the Great War Part 1: Dealing with Wound Related Trauma


British Medical Casualties on the Western Front in the Great War Part 1: Dealing with Wound Related Trauma by Dr David Payne (This article first appeared in Stand To! 83 August / September 2008 pp. 27 - 32) Introduction When confronted with the onset of the Great War in August 1914, the professional British Regular soldier, and his colleagues in…

The Work of the RAMC in WW1 by Dr Jessica Meyer


Over the course of the First World War, the British military medical services developed an effective system of medical evacuations to remove men from the field of battle and provide prompt care for wounds and illnesses. This talk traces the journey that wounded British soldiers went on from the front line, through a variety of sites of medical care…

9 February 1917 : Pte Phinlo St. John Quirk


Phinlo was the second son of Hugh Quirk (a master mariner and teacher of navigation) and his wife Anna (née Deadon) of The Hill, Armagh. There were three boys in all: Richard, then Phinlo then Gerald.  Phinlo was educated at Rathgar National School, Dublin. On leaving he was apprenticed as an Engineer at Harland & Wolff, Belfast. At t…

Lewes Casualties : September 1918 and the impact of 'Spanish Flu'


  September 1918 brought a further 14 Lewes casualties, 10 on the Western Front where the arrival of the Americans had helped change the balance of forces firmly towards the Allied side and four others, one from Baku on the Caspian Sea, one from a submarine attack off Brittany, one the result of tuberculosis and one from influenza. Private Albert…

Doc ‘Pete’: A Baltimorean with the Royal Fusiliers, 1917-18


As the US went to war in April 1917 without tanks, aircraft, heavy artillery, or more than a handful of infantry divisions, a legion of its physicians readied themselves for immediate deployment to the Western Front. In a twist of irony, the first US soldiers sent to France and Flanders were armed only with the Hippocratic Oath. This vanguard estab…

Britain's Most Decorated Soldier in the First World War


There are many categories and definitions of ‘hero’, but the main thread is associated with physical and moral courage, usually envisaged with aggression and typically armed action. This is only part of the story. There have only been three VCs with Bar awarded, and two of those were earned during the First World War and both by Royal Army Medical …

Brothers Buried Together during the First World War


The Western Front Association’s Pension Record Cards have been very useful in numerous ways – one of these is in being able to identify brothers who were killed – this is because the pension claims by parents detail the two or more sons that they lost in the war. This line of research has led onto the situation of brothers who were killed in the w…

Online Zoom Meeting - Frontline medic - Captain George Pirie, RAMC by Michael Lucas


Online Zoom Meeting  - Frontline medic - Captain George Pirie, RAMC by Michael Lucas Captain Pirie was Regimental Medical officer from May to September 1915 with the Hampshire’s then Royal Fusiliers, 29th Division, on Gallipoli, where he was wounded. He was then RMO on the Western Front with 9th Btn East Surrey Regt, 24th Division from December 19…

Peter Hart - The Royal Army Medical Corps on the Somme


On Wednesday 9th of February we welcome back to the Poppy Lounge at the Royal British Legion in Hornchurch. Peter Hart, for his presentation covering the work of the RAMC during the Battle of the Somme.  Meeting is 7:30 for an 8pm start. Suggested entrance donation is £3.50.   Please note the map showing location on the WFA website IS NOT that o…

'The Triangle Girls' with Cheryl Jewitt


In a change to our programme, Cheryl Jewitt will be giving us an enlightening talk covering the First World War Women Workers in Portsmouth Dockyard following the start of male conscription in 1916 for the War effort. Learn from their own words and testimonies along with original photographs of how the women coped in very trying circumstances in an…

'The RAMC in the Great War' with Niall Cherry


Niall Cherry will be talking about the RAMC in the First World War with special emphasis on the RAMC's work on the Somme.

Frontline or Field ambulance? Where were Chaplains best placed to help?


On 25th April 1915 Father William Joseph Finn became the first British military chaplain to be killed in action in the First World War. His death ignited a debate that continues to resonate with chaplains who serve the Armed Forces in the present day – where are they best placed to help?   Above: Father William Finn and the cemetery at V Beach at…

'Medical Services on the Western Front during the Great War' by Ed Church


Ed makes a welcome return to the branch to give a presentation on the medical services on the Western Front. For many soldiers being wounded was one of the most common experiences of the Great War. On the Western Front almost every other soldier could expect to become a casualty, with physical injuries ranging in severity from light wounds to perma…

Standing up to the War Office: Women who refused to ‘Go home and sit still’ by Viv Newman


Standing up to the War Office: Women who refused to ‘Go home and sit still’ by Viv Newman  In August 1914, the eminent surgeon and leading suffragist, Dr Elsie Inglis offered her professional services to the British Army.  A senior representative of the RAMC riposted, “Dear Lady, go home and sit still.”  This widely illustrated talk which uses the…