The Motor Ambulance Convoy

General Headquarters Army Routine Order of 174 of 5 October 1914 laid down the definition of a Motor Ambulance Convoy. They would be formed for duty under the orders of the Adjutant General at GHQ for the evacuation of the sick and wounded. The convoy was to be organised into “A”, B” and “C” Sections.

Imperial War Museum photograph Q10438. With thanks. 22nd Motor Ambulance Convoy (22 MAC) ready to move off. Date and place unknown.
  • The convoy would consist of a total of 50 motor ambulance cars, 3 lorries, 2 motor cars and 1 motor cycle with the following personnel.
    • “A” Section would have 20 motor ambulance cars, 1 lorry for mechanical transport stores, 1 lorry for first aid, 1 lorry for general supplies, 1 motor car for the commanding officer and 1 motor car for the Army Service Corps officer
    • “B Section would have 15 motor ambulance cars and 1 motor cycle for RAMC officer
    • “C” Section would have 15 motor ambulance cars
  • Personnel of the convoy would be a mix of Royal Army Medical Corps and Army Service Corps Mechanical Transport:
  • 5 Officers:
    • 3 Officers of the Royal Army Medical Corps (1 Major in command of the convoy, 2 Captains or Subalterns (Lieutenants or Second Lieutenants))
    • 1 Captain or Subaltern (Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant) of the Army Service Corps
    • 1 Chaplain of the Army Chaplain’s Department
  • 129 Other ranks:
    • 14 other ranks of the Royal Army Medical Corps
      • 1 Quartermaster Sergeant
      • 3 Corporals, 1 per Section
      • 10 Privates and Drivers, 3 to “A” Section; 2 each to “B” and “C”; 3 as cooks, one to each Section
    • 115 other ranks of the Army Service Corps
      • 2 Sergeants (one being appointed as a Foreman)
      • 3 Corporals (one being a Fitter and one a Turner)
      • 110 Privates and Drivers (100 being ambulance car drivers, 2 lorry drivers of mechanical transport stores, 2 chauffeurs, 2 drivers of first aid lorry, 1 wheeler and 1 smith).

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Army Service Corps Mechanical Transport units

The casualty evacuation chain

Definitions of other types of unit