what did the ramc do in ww1?

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The Field ambulance was the most forward of the RAMC units and the first line of documentation 😉 There were three Field Ambulances attached to the 75 Infantry Divisions and others such as the 4 Mounted Divisions and Guards etc, and four attached to the 5 Cavalry Divisions, that was one Field Ambulance attached to every Brigade 👍 Two of them were in action, while the third was at the rear. Fd Ambs are assigned specific tasks when the Division is out of line. These include a scabies center or other ailments centre, Divisional Rest Centre, and a unit for bathing. It was often located in a Brewery, where 50 men could bathe at once in large Vats. Local women used the Vats to wash and repair clothing. [1]
On the 23rd of June 1898, the Royal Army Medical Corps was created. It was formed by the amalgamation of the Medical Staff and the Medical Staff Corps, which united the senior officers with those at the bottom. Although there was an element from the Corps in China at the Boxer Rebellion, the most significant war experience came in South Africa in 1899-1902, where modern warfare was born. High velocity rifle fire was also used for the first time. The experience of that war set up the organisation that took the field in France In 1914 it was very different, however by 1918 it’s having become a completely new service. For this information, we are grateful to Anjoli Whittington of Loudi in China. [2]
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Based on an Article from museumofmilitarymedicine.org.ukAfter the Battle of Waterloo (1815), the Army Medical Department went through a significant reorganisation led by Sir James McGrigor. McGrigor had made major improvements to the army’s medical services in the Napoleonic Wars. The system for casualty evacuation was well planned. Prefabricated huts could be ordered from England. Convalescent depots kept large numbers of men trained in the field. McGrigor also established a system to register casualties. This system forms the basis of the medical statistical returns that are used today. Although Sir James McGrigor served 36 years as the Director General, the British Army would not be summoned to again fight on such an extensive scale wars. It would have been forty years since the Waterloo lessons were forgotten. Reviewed by Billy Baker in Padang, Indonesia, September 29, 2020 [3]
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Royal Army Medical Corps is a British Army speciality corps that provides health care to British Army soldiers and their families, both in wartime and peace. Along with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps’ Royal Army Dental Corps’ Royal Army Nursing Corps’ Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps’, the RAMC makes up the essential Army Medical Services of the British Army. The Regimental Flag and Queen’s Colour are not carried by the RAMC, but it is equipped with a Regimental Colour. It does not have battle honors as corps members have participated in nearly every war that the army has fought. Members of the RAMC are not allowed to carry weapons, because they aren’t considered a fighting force. The RAMC observe two customs when they parade. Officers don’t draw their swords, but instead hold the scabbard in their left hand and salute with their right. Bayonets are not fixed by other ranks. Contrary to medical officers from other countries, the RAMC and the Royal Navy or Royal Air Force do not use the prefix “Dr”, but just their rank. Informally, however, it may still be called “Doctor”. Johnnell Beatty, who brought it to our attention, is truly grateful. [4]
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Article references

  1. http://ramc-ww1.com/chain_of_evacuation.html
  2. http://ramc-ww1.com/ramc_in_war.html
  3. https://museumofmilitarymedicine.org.uk/about/corps-history/history-of-the-royal-army-medical-corps/
  4. https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/units/3307/royal-army-medical-corps
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