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neala

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neala

Hey all,

I found this photo / post card in an antique shop.

I think it is most certainly WW1.

? was taken at a field hospital.

Are some of them in hospital blues?

Appears to be some injured. Some also with different cap badges. Also some ? Australian/New Zealand troops with their wide brimmed hats.

Also not sure significance of small boy in what appears to be a navel outfit and a lady present..?? Nurse/VAD.

Any thoughts..?

Cheers,

Neal.

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johnboy

Yes . look like Hospital Blues. Not sure the term ' field hospital' is correct.

It is not a dressing station. Don't think it is a Casualty Clearing Station .

Most likely a hospital in UK?


The lady and boy are possibly visiting husband/father.

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neala

Thanks for this.

Yep could be a dressing station...

Taken in France by the way. No date or other info on card.

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johnboy

I am not sure dressing stations used hospital blues.

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neala

Hospital then! hahaha.

Theres no details on card.

All I can say is it was taken somewhere in France!!

Thought they were wearing hospital blues though. Thanks for confirming that.

What do you reckon about the broad hatted chaps....? Australians...?

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johnboy

I am still not sure that they were used in France though if your card was produced in France then they may have been, I have asked the question in another forum where the experts may know the answer,!

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jacksdad

There's not much to go on in the photo.

but you have a fair mix of units, and a reasonable number of Anzac soldiers going by the hats. lemon squeezers - NZ and slouch hats Australians.

They seem to be on a bank, behind a fence, and appear to be formed up in a way to suggest that they are viewing something, behind the camera.

The person taking the photo is in front of the fence and this appears to be a free area with no one standing on this side of the fence.

So I immediately wonder if this is a race course.

That makes me think of Rouen - 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, If memory is correct this was in the middle of the race course.

http://throughtheselines.com.au/research/rouen

I am no expert, but I understood that the blue hospital uniform was generally only used at stationary hospitals.

Roger

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neala

Cheers for that. very interesting! I agree, not much to go on!

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johnboy

Is it a photo or a postcard? Anything on the reverse.

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neala

Looks like it was a personal photo printed onto a postcard - like they did.

Taken in France.

No details regarding photographer ie stamp in corner and no date/place/names or anything documented.

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Sue Light

You'll find a remarkably similar photo on this page - no reason to think it's the same place, but an example of how it could have been taken anywhere in France, but likely to be a General Hospital of which there were scores.

No.3 General Hospital, Le Treport

Sue

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neala

I agree! That does look remarkably similar! Cheers for this.

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johnboy

Thanks Sue.

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