[Ambulance Parked Outside] An Advanced Dressing Station | National Library of Scotland

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An ambulance parked outside a dressing station. The dressing station appears to have been set up in the ground floor of a partly demolished building, possibly a mansion or a municipal building as it has quite ornate stairs going up in an arc on either side of the door. The notice above the door is obscured by the Red Cross flag but appears to read, ‘ Post[e?] Chi..’, possibly a French ‘Poste Chirurgical’ [Surgical Post] taken over by the British.

The ambulance appears to be a Star lorry, but unlike some of those used earlier in the war, the front of the cab is enclosed, offering more protection for the driver.

Original reads: ‘An advanced dressing station.’

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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