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Is this a military stretcher?  Boer War vintage??  Photographed in a small town South African museum.

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Gunner Hall

My initial thoughts were that it looked heavy, impractical and ungainly.  So bang on for an army stretcher.   However,  a google search for Boer War Stretcher throws up images of bearers  using "Traditional" stretchers -Two poles with green canvas stretched between them.

I think this looks more like a scratcher - or a  camp bed.  Its wheeled too.  An early hospital bed? 

 

 

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wainfleet

It certainly isn't a Boer War stretcher. My guess is it's a much later ambulance stretcher with wheels to slide it into or out of the vehicle.

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GRANVILLE

If you take a look at this film on Youtube you will find that the stretcher is what is known as a Gurney stretcher and these were used in WW1 on board ships. I've seem similar references to this being the case elsewhere.

 

David

 

 

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