A recent visitor to our club to give a talk about medical care in World War 1 was Captain Peter Starling of the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Peter is a former director at the Army Medical Services Museum in Mytchett

In his talk he described the conditions for both the soldiers and the medics of the time and pointed out that the Doctors sent to the front were not specialists, but were more like GPs. They didn’t have orthopaedic surgeons, plastic surgeons or anaesthetists and no dentists either.

Peter also presented many slides during his talk  and showed us many images of the medical staff at work and also descriptions of wounds sustained from the fighting.

He described how the chances of you surviving a wound in 1914 were considerably better in 1918 because of the medical advances and techniques learned.

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Here are a few of the slides Peter showed us.

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On the wards – Fracture Beds

1WWR RAMC Hanging files

1WWR RAMC Hanging files

In Theatre


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Stretcher Bearers In The Trenches

If you want to learn even more then visit the Army Medical Services Museum

The museum is located in Keogh Barracks, Mytchett Place Road, Mytchett in Surrey

The museum is open Monday to Friday, 0930 -1530.
Admission is free.

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