Witley, March 1, 1917

Thursday     This am we played D sub at football & won 3-1 won a shilling a piece am feeling good

The quarantined sections of Percy’s battery  were spared the Divisional Artillery Tactical Exercises taking place on Hankley Common and in the surrounding countryside today. According to the War Diary, the scheme “represented moving warfare of the nature of an Encounter battle.” (1) Although the infantry were not part of the exercise, their scouts were involved, occupying “enemy” lines and keeping watch on the artillery, which remained, according to the Diary “well concealed.”

The ammunition column practised supplying shells, and the medical corps also had a chance to practice. They “selected Advanced Dressing Stations & evacuated casualties.” (1)

dressing-station-wellcomeIn the field, casualties would receive first aid at an aid post very close to the lines, and then be taken by stretcher — or the walking wounded would go on foot — to an Advanced Dressing Station for attention before being sent further back (or being returned to their units) to a Casualty Clearing Station. Advanced Dressing Stations were often located in whatever buildings or dugouts  were available — hence the reference to “selecting” a station.

(1) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery.Vol. 2 March 1917:1. March 1, 1917. Library and Archives of Canada.

The painting by Ugo Mantania is of an unidentified advanced dressing station, and illustrates the Wellcome Institute’s blog “In Flanders Fields.”

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”



Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”

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