Advanced Dressing Stations were manned by Field Ambulances and provided limited surgical facilities for emergency cases. To treat the wounded as quickly as possible they had to be close to the front line, often within range of the enemy’s field artillery. This dressing station has had to be housed in dug outs (a photograph of the view above ground at Red Cottage, showing the devastation, is catalogued elsewhere in this site). These provide barely enough shelter for the staff of the Field Ambulance; in times of heavy fighting, the wounded will have had to wait in the open on stretchers for attendance.
Taken from two volumes of sketch plans by Lance Corporals S.T. Smith and A.R. Watt, RAMC, of Advanced Dressing Stations occupied by Field Ambulances of the 23rd Division in Flanders during the Battle of the Somme, 1916-1917.
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