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This is an extract from the service record of Charles Percy Hill, 42460, 10th Sherwood Foresters. He was gassed on 15 Aug 1918 and returned to England. The key points I can interpret are: 53 CCS, 2 Gen Hospital but what is the name of the hospital ship he travelled on?

 

Would it be reasonable to assume that men from the same unit who were injured in a similar way on the same day followed the same route home? 

 

Where did this ship sail between from France to England?

 

Thanks,

 

Graham

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Looks like HS Panama to me. 2 GH was in Le Havre so I suspect it sailed from there.

 

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Would it be reasonable to assume that men from the same unit who were injured in a similar way on the same day followed the same route home?

 

Probably not a good idea to assume that, it may be the case but there would be other factors to consider EG they may only be able to only evacuate a certain number. The overflow could be sent to another port or await another ship or be kept back in France.

TEW

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Thanks TEW and Old Sweats. I also found this outside the forum which confirms the Le Havre - Southampton service.  http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Ships/HMHSPanama.html 

 

The original problem that I did not explain, was that the serviceman I really wanted to trace was wounded by gas/shell along with over 400 others from the same battalion (on 15 Aug 1918) but his service record does not survive so I have been browsing the records of the other casualties. All seem to have been attended to by 51st Field Ambulance then to by either 53 or 55 CCS which were in the same location at Vecquemont. Then it gets more complicated as the few I can find went to 2, 3 and 6 General Hospitals at Le Havre, Le Treport and Rouen and to England at various dates and vessels.

 

All I know is that when he was back in the UK he was hospitalised in Scotland as there is a family reminiscence of being on a Scottish loch, allegedly Loch Long but I have no evidence.

 

Graham

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I think with 400 gas cases going to 2 different CCSs the problems are going to be;

Disparity in amount of gas taken in.

Practises in each of the CCSs.

Lightly gassed may be moved out to a hospital the same day. Worse cases retained for 24/36 hours and then put on next train to another hospital. CCSs request trains to move men out but don't control where the train goes.

The OC of each CCS may have differing interpretations for treatment so 2 cases with identical gas intake at different CCSs could be retained or transferred at different times. The further along the evacuation chain the more variables come into play.

TEW

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