36th CCS. R.A.M.C WW1

 
The 36th Casualty Clearing Station was stationed during WW1 in

Heilly Apr 16 - Mar 17 and Apr 17

Cayeux Mar 17 - May 17

Tincourt May 17 - Jun 17

Zuydcoote Jul 17 - Dec 17

Rousbrugge Dec 17 - Apr 18 and Sep 18 - Oct 18

Watten Apr 18 - Sep 18;

Brielen Oct 18 - Nov 18

Sweveghem Nov 18 - Dec 18

Treux Dec 18 - Jan 19
 
HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE  France Somme.The 36th Casualty Clearing Station was at Heilly from April 1916. It was joined in May by the 38th, and in July by the 2/2nd London, but these hospitals had all moved on by early June 1917. .
 

CAYEUX MILITARY CEMETERY France Somme..It was used in March, April and May 1917 by the 36th Casualty Clearing Station, and again for a few burials in March and August 1918.

TINCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY France Somme.Tincourt became a centre for Casualty Clearing Stations. On the 23rd March 1918, the villages were evacuated and they were recovered, in a ruined condition, about the 6th September. From that month to December 1918, Casualty Clearing Stations were again posted to Tincourt.

ZUYDCOOTE MILITARY CEMETERY France Nord.In the autumn of 1917, while the XV Corps was holding the Nieuport section, the 34th and 36th Casualty Clearing Stations were posted at Zuydcoote.

HARINGHE (BANDAGHEM) MILITARY CEMETERY Belguim,Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen.The cemetery site was chosen in July 1917 for the 62nd and 63rd Casualty Clearing Stations and burials from these and other hospitals (notably the 36th Casualty Clearing Station in 1918) continued until October 1918.

 

 A pleasant little first aid station near the front, where men with slight wounds were treated

 and practically nursed themselves back to health before rejoining their units.

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              This is an article transcribed from a Belfast newspaper report on the R.A.M.C. recruit.

                                                                                   Sept 1918

 

The R.A.M.C.

HOW IT LOOKS AFTER THE WOUNDED.

 

The R.A.M.C. recruit goes through his preliminary training at home, at the corps' Headquarters, which is situated in one of the most popular of English seaside resorts. For about three months he stops there, learning the elements of his trade-stretcher-drill, applying field dressings, putting on bandages and splints. He is also smartened into a Soldier with a little drill and a great deal of physical exercise.  In short, he is turned out not only an efficient hospital orderly and stretcher-bearer, but a well-set-up, soldierly-looking healthy individual, well-housed, well fed.

He is furnished with ample means of recreation and sport. Football fields, reading rooms, libraries, canteens surround him on all sides so that when the day comes for him to leave for the Front with a draft, he carries with him only the pleasantest memories of his period of training by the sea.

 

When he goes to France, the R.A.M.C. private, if he happens in civil life to have had some knowledge of dentistry, pharmacy, or massage can speedily find employment as a dental mechanic, a pharmacist, or a masseur, in which case he will be permanently stationed at one of the base hospitals or clearing stations. Without these special qualifications he may be posted to any station between the Base and the rear of the front line.

 

In the trenches the duty of giving first aid to the wounded men and carrying them out of the trenches devolves upon the regimental stretcher bearers, who are infantry men trained for their job by the regimental medical officer. They carry the wounded men down to the Regimental Aid Post (generally a dugout, with a warm fire blazing and hot tea always on tap for patents), where the medical officer is stationed. The Aid Post is the link between the regiment and the R.A.M.C. When the wounded leave this they are under the sole care of the R.A.M.C. henceforth. Its orderlies are now responsible both for the care and conveyance of the wounded, taking them either by motor ambulance or on wheeled stretchers with rubber tyres, back to the Advanced Dressing Station, which receives wounded from several Regimental Aid Posts. The A.D.S. possesses elaborate equipment and though also situated in a half-ruined house or dugouts, is a step nearer comfort and civilisation.

 

Here the R.A.M.C. orderlies put on fresh dressings and splints and generally see to the comfort of the wounded men. The next move is to the Main Dressing Station, which consists of huts and canvas marquees. The patient is fed washed and "tidied up" by the R.A.M.C. orderlies, given new clothes if necessary, has details taken of his name, regiment, wound and condition, and an inventory made of everything in his possession, for which a receipt is received from the driver of the motor-ambulance that finally takes him away.

 

There is a refreshment buffet where orderlies hand out tea, coffee, cocoa or soup with bread, to the patients. Altogether the R.A.M.C. orderly has a varied time of it. In due course a start is made for the Casualty Clearing Station, which is something like a real hospital, with women nurses. Here the wounded man either stays till he recovers, if his wounds or illness are not serious or until a "convoy" is made up for the base. The C.C.S. as it is called is quite a comfy place both for patients and the R.A.M.C. it has its library reading rooms and concert –room, where Divisional pierrot troupes from time to time perform for the amusement of the inmates. When a number of cases for the base have arrived sufficient to fill an Ambulance train the convoy starts As the C.C.S. is usually quite close to a railway siding, the job of conveying them to a knaki-painted train, with its Red Cross on a white ground, is a fairly easy one. Helped by the R.A.M.C. orderlies who are as gentle as women in their handling of the wounded, the patients for the Base set out either in ambulances or on wheeled stretchers. The Ambulance train is delightfully comfortable, well heated and with kitchens for providing bounteous meals to those able to take them or invalid nourishment for those unable. Every train has, in addition to doctors and nurses its staff of R.A.M.C. orderlies, who live on the train always busy with blankets, pillows and hot water bottles. A fairly long journey and the train reaches’ the base where a fleet of ambulances is waiting to take the train-load to the base hospital. Here again the R.A.M.C. orderly is in evidence, the right hand man of the nursing staff and when the lucky patient bound for "Blighty" boards the green painted hospital ship with enormous Red Cross on its side he finds a R.A.M.C orderly waiting to tuck him in a comfortable cot , or , if he is a walking case to see he has a sheltered corner to sit on the deck. And in the hospital at home he is still to be found, generally a man who has been to the front and himself been wounded.

 

The R.A.M.C. needs men of grade other than Grade 1 and not below the age of 30 years. Pay begins at 1s 6d a day, with free kit, rations and separation allowance. Any recruit, whether for Army, Navy, or Air Forces, can enlist in whatever area he chooses.

 

 

Out of the reach of German barbarity, a dressing station on the western front, quiet and restful in its solitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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