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The Regimental Aid Post was situated just behind the front line, often in dug outs or cellars in the rear trench system, and was the first stage in the evacuation of the wounded. Aid posts had no capacity to house patients, and were equipped to provide emergency first aid only, either returning men to the front immediately or evacuating more serious casualties to Advanced Dressing Stations in the rear. Men were brought in by stretchers or made their own way by walking; given the devastation immediately behind the lines, this is also how they had to reach the second line of treatment centres. Note the bloodstains on the stretcher, which seem to have been made by a previous patient.

Uniform details suggest photograph taken in 1917.

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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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