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63 General Hospital, Salonika, 1918-19

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apwright

I have a photo album that belonged to a nurse at No.63 General Hospital in Salonika, and thought I'd post a few snapshots of the male and female staff in case anyone is interested or can identify anyone depicted.

Unfortunately I don't have a name for the album's owner as she refers to herself as "myself" throughout.

All the photos date from October 1918 to January 1919 (so post-Armistice on the Salonika Front), when the hospital was located at Kilo 9 on the Serres Road, in the Derveni Pass.

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Caption: Picnic Party to "Happy Valley", Oct 12th 1918. [back row, l-r] Capts Tait & Anderson, myself, Ln ?Hancock, [middle, kneeling] Miss Mason, [front row, l-r] Ln Heaton, Miss Anderson, Ln Masson.

I doubt this is the "Happy Valley" up near Smol - seems a long way to go for a picnic!

Masson is Royal Navy and RAMC Lt (later Capt) Charles Armit Masson MA, MB, ChB, before the war Assistant Medical Officer at Inverness District Asylum.

Here he is again:

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Caption: Lieut. C.A. Masson, R.A.M.C., September 1918.

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Caption: Sgt. Church R.A.M.C., Wardmaster "C" Lines.

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apwright

Part 2

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Caption: Miss Wenner & myself, outside our "house", Dec 1918.

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Caption: Miss Groom, Miss Gowans & myself. Taken outside E.P.I.P. (anyone know what this stands for?)

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Caption: Staff of "C" Lines, 63rd General Hospital, January 1919.

No names, but the officer seated in the middle looks like Masson again, and the Serjeant top left is possibly Sjt Church. I think "myself" is middle row left.

Adrian

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SimonM

Hi Adrian,

Working on these. I suspect EPIP may begin with "Enteric". It was not unusual for British Army hospitals to have specific wards for dysentery patients and this was certainly the case in Salonika, Palestine and Mesopotamia. Special diets were required for many patieents so segregating tham made this easier to manage and prevented the spread of any further nasties.

good shot of an officers camp bed too - comfortable! Hope this helps!

63 General should have a War diary - perhaps Alan can check it out sometime.

All the best from New Zealand.

Simon Moody

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Malcolm

Strangely one of my Memorial men was at this hospital.

DAVID RAE SNEDDON

Private

49661

63rd Gen. Hosp., Royal Army Medical Corps

who died on

Sunday, 25th August 1918. Age 33.

Additional information: Son of James and Mary Sneddon, of Balerno, Midlothian; husband of Margaret S. Sneddon, of Maryfield House, Chirnside Station, Berwickshire.

Commemorative Information

Cemetery: SALONIKA (LEMBET ROAD) MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece

Grave Reference/ 1493.

Any mentions??

Aye

Malcolm

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SimonM

Interesting.

The start (depending on where you are) of the malaria season, Certainly influenza starting to kick in in this theatre. (just see the 12 Corps sick list). I will have certainly passed and repected his grave at Lembet. Pte Sneddon is wll looked after.

Beautifully looked after. Rest in peace.

Regards

Simon Moody

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apwright

Hi Simon,

Good to hear from you again! Thanks for your information. I was wondering whether EPIP was something-something Isolation Post, Emergency Procedures perhaps, but Enteric is good too! I'll ask Alan about a War Diary.

Malcolm,

The Cemetery register says Pte Sneddon "died of sickness", but there are no further details. I'll pay my respects next time I'm over there.

63rd GH arrived in Salonika from Malta in July or August 1917 and appears to have occupied the same site on the Serres Road until after the Armistice.

Thanks both!

Adrian

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Tunesmith

Hi Adrian

I tried to find out what EPIP stands for - it often appears on diagrams of tented encampments. I found various answers:

English Pattern Indian Police

European Purpose Indian Pattern

European Privates Indian Pattern

European Personnel Indian Pattern

There are probably more variants. Whatever the exact original meaning of EPIP, it denotes a marquee-type tent about 18 ft long with removable sides

Tunesmith

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Tunesmith

Oh, and also:

Eight Panel Indian Pattern

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Martin Bennitt

Thanks Adrian

my grandfather served for a year or so with the RAMC in Salonika as a private, having temporarily given up his living as a Church of England parish priest. He sailed from England on November 11, 1918, as it happened. I don't recognise him in the only picture you posted showing rankers, but the photos give me a little idea of his service

cheers Martin B

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Malcolm

Thanks Simon, Adrian and Martin,

The entry in the book for David Sneddon gives:

Unit information:

Royal Army Medical Corps

63rd General Hospital. Was one of the Hospitals used at Mudros

during Galipoli. Transferred to Salonica during the Bulgarian attack

on Greece. The Salonika front had three casualties of disease to every one casualty of enemy action. Malaria was the main problem.

Probably right.

Aye

Malcolm

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Sueb95

I am searching for information about my grt uncle who was a temp captain with RAMC TA . He was awardedDSM by the King of Serbia in 1915. His name was Rainald Heaton. I would be very grateful if anyone has any information.

Thanks

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Guest Rosetta

Hello, I'm part of a group researching The Great War in Emery Down and Lyndhurst (New Forest, Hampshire). There is a Rainald Heaton, RAMC who is buried in Lyndhurst Cemetery and he died on Acres Down which is just outside Emery Down. The burial date is 19 Feb 1920. Is this your great uncle? If so, why he was discharged in 1915? Was it to complete his medical training? I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks.

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Guest From Flying Scotts

I am not expecting any answers, but I am looking for info about my Grandfather Walter Henry Scott who was sent to Malta in 1916 and then on to Salonika in 1917 to the 63rd General Hospital (see photo below), witnessing the horrors of war and disease, but also sampling a variety of life, impossible back home. He saw torpedoed ships and the survivors, the Great Fire of Salonika, had his hospital bombed by the Germans (despite very clear signs), a boxing match with what must have been tens of thousands of men attending, flew in the all new airplanes, X-Rayed men (and animals to hand), which was only discovered a few years before, saw different cultures and religions, travelled by motorised Ambulances, Trains, Planes and ships and most importantly; came back with photographs to home and family, so we might see what he saw.

talktopeter@yahoo.co.uk

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apwright

That's a great photo of your grandfather, "From Flying Scotts"! Thanks for sharing!

Also a very nice pic of 63 GH with the Serres Road beyond.

I only have this couple of very blotchy and faded snapshots taken from the other side of the valley and beside the road.

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The location is Kilo 9 on the Serres Road, now the eastern half of the modern village of Anthoupoli.

Adrian

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Sueb95

I am searching for information about my grt uncle who was a temp captain with RAMC TA . He was awardedDSM by the King of Serbia in 1915. His name was Rainald Heaton. I would be very grateful if anyone has any information.

Thanks

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Sueb95

Hello, I'm part of a group researching The Great War in Emery Down and Lyndhurst (New Forest, Hampshire). There is a Rainald Heaton, RAMC who is buried in Lyndhurst Cemetery and he died on Acres Down which is just outside Emery Down. The burial date is 19 Feb 1920. Is this your great uncle? If so, why he was discharged in 1915? Was it to complete his medical training? I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks.

Thank you for that information on his grave. Is it possible to obtain a photo of the grave? He took his own life two weeks after he was married. He was with his wife in London and went to Emery Down to die. This information I found in a local paper.

We have very little information about him, and only one photo.

He walked away from his medical degree six weeks before his finals. We do not know why, or where he was until he enlisted much later.

I did wondered if he would be permitted a grave as he had committed suicide. Even just a copy of the words on the stone would be of great interest.

Thank you for your help.

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J.Howard Stevenson

I am not sure if I am on the correct forum but any help welcome.

My great uncle was stationed at Happy Valley Camp in Salonica from 1916 until the end of the war; 

His name - Lt.Colonel Gerald Hoey Stevenson. Qualified 1904, MB, BCh,BAO, Queens College, Belfast.

Joined RAMC 1906

DSO June 1917.

The film'd diaries for 78th Field Ambulance from the WO 95/4867 were mainly written by him

He remained in command of 78th Field Hospital until 6th March 1919.

Records that I have show that the 26th Division (of which he was part) moved to Salonika from 26th December 1915 all units having moved from Lembet to Happy Valley Camp by 8th February 1916; the 26th Division remained in the Salonika theatre for the rest of the war.

 

Any reference to him would be very helpful; in particular, we have no photographs of him , and views of the camp itself would be most interesting.

 

Howard Stevenson.

 

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