Auxiliaries bringing stretchers, splints, rations and water for the Line | Wellcome Images

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Oil painting of a Royal Army Medical Corps carrying party moving up the line, presumably to a Regimental Aid Post or Dressing Station. Water is carried in a 2 gallon petrol tin (still with its red warning paint) by the man second from left, a stretcher is slung over the shoulder of the man standing second from right, and other men carry supplies in sand bags. The infantryman on the far right is perhaps acting as a guide.

Personnel of the RAMC were identified by small red Geneva crosses on white circles sewn directly to the uniform. Other men engaged in medical duties wore a white armband with similar cross.

This painting conveys something of the difficulty of keeping aid posts supplied and medical equipment clean in the forward areas.

By Haydn Reynolds Mackey, 1918.

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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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