Larkhill, January 18, 1917

Thursday Packing to return to Witley not sorry either we hear the Dead march every day here & some times twice

There was a hospital in Durrington, just east of the Larkhill camp. Fargo military hospital had over a thousand beds, (1) and patients admitted there did not always recover from their ailments or injuries, despite the care of the staff.


One early Canadian volunteer succumbed to his injuries after being dragged by a bolting horse — he is said to have been tended by Major John McCrae, who was a physician with the Canadian Expeditionary Force before going to France and attaining fame as the writer of “In Flanders Fields.”(2)

(1) “The Military Hospitals at Home,” part of Chris Baker’s The Long, Long Trail.
(2) Daubs, Katie and Richard Lautens. “Salisbury Plain: Mud, misery, and even death for Canadians training for war.” Walking the Western Front. An online publication of

The photograph, undated, is identified as “Durrington Fargo Hospital,” and was provided by Durrington Town Council to the Google album archive Durrington – Durrington and Larkhill Camps.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”

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