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Dental surgeons serving in the U.K.


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I am interested in finding out where  dental surgeons would  have been posted within the U.K.  Was there a specific hospital assigned for such work and what exactly was their role.   I assume it wasn’t just toothache they attended to but treated jaw wounds too and maybe more.

My  research is following  two men.  The first, an Australian signed up with the Royal Dublin Fusilliers and was transferred  to the RAMC.   The second was a Scot with the Army Ordnance Corp who also transferred to the RAMC.  I believe their paths crossed somewhere in England during 1917.  Many thanks.

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Welcome to the Forum.

For an overview you could do worse than read this article in the Guy's Hospital Memorial Volume. It does not answer your specific questions perhaps but is very useful for understanding the slow developement of Military dentistry during the Great War. Yes, jaw and facial wounds seem to have been an integral part. There have been other threads about dentistry, example here with some useful links.

Charlie

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1 minute ago, Whosthedaddy said:

 Anything and everything on the subject is of interest.

If you can feed back to us anything of interest you find it will always be of interest to the Forum.

 

PS did you notice I've added a link to an old thread on Dentistry ?

 

Charlie

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Yes I’ve just seen that....thanks.  I am still exploring the whole forum so hope to find other interesting snippets too.

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As well as their commissioned dental surgeons afloat, the Royal Navy in the UK had civilian dental surgeons at the naval hospitals and Royal Naval Sick Quarters; they're included in the Navy Lists.

 

Go to archive dot org and search for "navy list" 1914 (or whichever year) - the quotation marks are essential because they search the words as a phrase, and if you don't use them the search retrieves a lot of surplus material.

 

Once you've called an issue up, toggle it to full screen using the frame button at the lower right of the display, and search inside for "civilian dental." I've used July 1915 for my example.

RNH Haslar: https://archive.org/details/navylistjul1915grea/page/1022/mode/2up

RNH Chatham, RM Infirmary Deal and RMA Infirmary Portsmouth: https://archive.org/details/navylistjul1915grea/page/1024/mode/2up

Sick Quarters Shotley: https://archive.org/details/navylistjul1915grea/page/1026/mode/2up

List of other civilian dentists with areas where they were on call: https://archive.org/details/navylistjul1915grea/page/1034/mode/2up (NB the search didn't pick up the last list, but it did pick up the list's entry in the index at the front, so that's also worth checking.)

 

seaJane

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