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. As can be seen from the devastation in the photograph, most of this dressing station has had to be housed in dug outs (plans of the Red Cottage dug outs are available elsewhere on this site). These provided barely enough shelter for the staff of the Field Ambulance; in times of heavy fighting, the wounded waited outside on stretchers to be attended.
The 69th Field Ambulance was attached to the 23rd Division for the whole of the war.
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