Participants stand near the Cenotaph at the conclusion of the Remembrance Day service in Sydney on November 11, 2010. Remembrance Day is held each year to commemorate the signing of the Armistice which formally ended World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD
Participants stand near the Cenotaph at the conclusion of the Remembrance Day service in Sydney on November 11, 2010. Remembrance Day is held each year to commemorate the signing of the Armistice which formally ended World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD GREG WOOD

War-casualty evacuation plan brings home terrible truth

THE final guest speaker for Caloundra Family History Research in 2016 was Paul Sutton who gave a military presentation.

Paul spoke on "From Casualty to Hospital - A Soldier's Journey".

His interesting talk gave details of the British evacuation system during the First World War, which moved an injured soldier from the frontline to either a base hospital near the coast, or back to England for more intricate surgery and recuperation.

The system encompassed three sections: the Army responsible in the field, then subdivided into the Corps, then into Units, right back to the English Channel.

Stages included stretcher bearers at the fighting lines, Regimental Aid Posts with doctors, Field Ambulance Units taking patients to Dressing Stations, and then to the Casualty Clearing Stations and ultimately Base Hospitals at the ports, and those with major injuries finally shipping to England.

Further details about Caloundra Family History Research are available from Roz 5493 1197 or on the group's website at www.caloundrafamilyhistory.org.au

The library and resource centre at Sunshine Coast Turf Club Gate 2 at Little Mountain will close at 4pm on Thursday, for the Christmas break, re-opening on Saturday, January 14, at 9.30am.


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