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Military hospitals in the British Isles 1914-1918

The flow of casualties from the various theatres of war soon overwhelmed the existing medical facilities in the United Kingdom, just as it did the recently established bases in France and Flanders. Many civilian hospitals…


British Base Hospitals in France

What was a Base Hospital? The Base Hospital was part of the casualty evacuation chain, further back from the front line than the Casualty Clearing Stations. They were manned by troops of the Royal Army…


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Transfers to Military Convalescent Hospitals

Army Council Instruction 775 of 1916 stated that “in future sick and wounded British troops who have been transferred from an Expeditionary Force and who, in the opinion of the Officer in charge of the…


The evacuation chain for wounded and sick soldiers

This page describes the main medical functions in a complex chain that processed the casualty from the front line back to hospitals at home. It is in a simplified format. Many men missed stages altogether,…



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Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War

The role of the RAMC The RAMC operated the army’s medical units and provided medical detachments for the units of infantry, artillery and other arms. The Corps was assisted in its work by voluntary help…


Convalescent Depots in France

Casualties would generally be moved to one of these Convalescent Depots after being discharged from a nearby General or Stationary Hospital, before they were then moved to a Base Depot ready for redeployment. It is…


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What happened to a soldier who died?

Almost a million British soldiers died in the Great War. Some died alone, killed by a chance shell, grenade or bullet; many died together as they attacked or defended against attack. Thousands of men died…


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Women and the British Army in the First World War

It is a well-documented fact the the Great War brought many new opportunities for women. They moved into areas of public, commercial and industrial life that had previously been out of bounds. Women’s efforts in…