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Royal Army Medical Corps and the Fifth Division


brendangiffen

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I am looking to find further information on the RAMC 13th field Ambulance under the Fifth Division during the Battle of the Somme. My Great Grandfather Pvt John Frizell served with the unit and was died of his injuries on 27 August 1916. He is buried in Maricourt.

In particular I would like to find out more about the 13th Field Ambulance and their role in the Battle of the Somme. This site and others have given me some information but it has wet my appetite to find out more.

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Hello Brendan, and welcome to the Forum!

A Field Ambulance was a unit of roughly company size (10 officers and 224 men) and there were three with each division. Hee are the War Diary references at Kew:

WO 95/1540 13 Field Ambulance 1914 Aug. - 1917 Nov.

WO 95/1540 13 Field Ambulance 1918 Apr. - 1919 May

WO 95/1540 14 Field Ambulance 1914 Aug. - 1917 Nov.

WO 95/1540 14 Field Ambulance 1918 Apr. - 1919 Apr.

WO 95/1541 15 Field Ambulance 1914 Aug. - 1917 Nov.

WO 95/1541 15 Field Ambulance 1918 Apr. - 1919 Apr.

The division was in Italy from Dec 1917 to March 1918, hence the breaks.

They can be seen at Kew, or you should be able to order print-out copies of the diaries online at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk War Diaries rarely mention men by name other than officers but the location of the unit, and a description of its activities, is given on each day.

Good hunting!

Ron

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