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With their boots on?


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Looking at a photo in a book, showing an ambulance train being loaded at Doullens. There are six blanket covered stretchers all laid out in a neat set of two rows beside the tracks. The soldiers have clearly been treated at a dressing station as most are neatly bandaged. Five of the six have their boots on (they can been seen sticking out of the end of the blankets) and two still have their service caps on. Looking at photos of the interior of ambulance trains with their tiers of neat bunks starched sheets and nurses, one can readily imagine that 'boots in bed' would not be very welcome. At what point did the soldiers and their boots, caps etc get parted?

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I have a Book Called "Words From The Wounded" which contains some very good Photos of Wounded PBI arriving at Queen Mary,s Hospital in Whalley,in all the Photos the "Walking Wounded" are still wearing the Uniforms in which they had been Living and Fighting in only a Few Days Before,many of the Men are Covered in Mud and Filth,the Clean Bandages and Dressings standing out in Sharp contrast to their Soiled Uniforms.The Stretcher Cases are just the Same,still in their Fighting Rig,and with their Boots Still on.As a Footnote a Lot of the Wounded seem to have Ditched their Issue Caps in Favour of Balaclavas, and Cap Comforters,and knitted Scarfs.Regards Russ.

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Centurion... not all ambulance trains catered for the wounded with bunk beds. Carraiges also carried rows of stretcher cases.. arranged in tiers of three.

Seph

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