MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS 3rd DIVISION 22 Oct 1916

SECRET.

 

MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS 3rd DIVISION

22nd October, 1916.

Reference Map 57D.

 

 

In the event of active operations on a large scale on the front at present held by the 3rd Division the following medical arrangements will come into force.

 

  1. Collecting Posts will be established by Bearer Subdivisions of Field Ambulances in OBSERVATION WOOD (K.28.b.3.3.) and in FLAG AVENUE (K.34.c.3.8.) and through these points casualties will be evacuated by means of the existing trolley lines to the Advanced Dressing Station near EUSTON DUMP about K.33.a.3.1.       Thence by ambulance cars to Advanced Dressing Station COLINCAMPS (K.25.c.2.7.) and then to 3rd Division Main Dressing Station at FORCEVILLE (P.21.C.8.7.).
  2. Wounded able to walk will be directed from left via OBSERVATION WOOD down CENTRAL AVENUE, and on right from FLAG AVENUE via SACKVILLE STREET and NEWGATE STREET, to EUSTON Advanced Dressing Station.       Thence they will walk by marked track to 3rd Division Collecting Post for Walking Wounded at J.29.c.8.2. on COURCELLES – BERTRANCOURT Road.
  3. As the action progresses Field Ambulance Bearer Divisions will advance and form New Collecting Posts under orders of Officers Commanding Bearer Divisions who will make every endeavour to keep touch with Regimental Medical Establishments and continue to evacuate casualties received by them. R.A.M.C. Officers in medical charge of units will notify nearest O.C. Bearer Division the position of their Regimental Aid Posts from time to time.
  4. Reserves of stretchers, water and dressings have been formed in OBSERVATION WOOD and FLAG AVENUE which may be drawn upon by units when necessary.
  5. All messages for assistance from units during the action will be sent to O.C. Advanced Dressing Station, EUSTON.       These should be in writing and state time when sent and exact location and approximate numbers of casualties awaiting evacuation should be stated.

 

  1. Ensor

Colonel,

A.D.M.S. 3rd Division

Copies to all Brigades and Units.

Medical Arrangements 22 Oct 1916

Memo

 

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O.C. 7, 8, 142 Fd. Amb.

 

 

Herewith,

  1. Medical Arrangements 3rd Div together with Appendix (2) and supply of blank pro forma for use in the event of numbers of other divisions being admitted.

 

  1. Short Scheme (2 copies) of Medical Arrangements issued to units etc.

 

Please acknowledge.

 

H.Q. 3rd Div.

22/10/16

Unreadable Capt.

D.A.D.M.S. for

A.D.M.S. 3rd Div

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3rd Division Medical Arrangements for Active

Operations on a large scale.

Reference Map 57 D.

 

  1. Medical arrangements, 3rd Division, issued October 13th 1916 are cancelled, and the following substituted.
  2. Collecting Posts etc.

Collecting Posts for wounded have been established in Dug-Outs in OBSERVATION WOOD and FLAG AVENUE.  To these places, during active operations, stretcher cases will be carried and evacuated by means of the existing Trolley Lines to the Advanced Dressing Station near EUSTON DUMP (K.33.a.3.1.).  From this place they will be taken by Motor Ambulance Cars of the 3rd Division to the Dressing Station of No 8 Field Ambulance at FORCEVILLE via COLINCAMPS – COURCELLES – BERTRANCOURT.

No. 8 Field Ambulance will form the Main Dressing Station of the 3rd Division, and to it all wounded will be sent until orders to the contrary are received from D.D.M.S. V Corps, when they will be diverted to the Dressing Stations of Nos 7 and 142 Field Amblce at LOUVENCOURT and BUS-LES-ARTOIS.

Dumps of Stretchers, Medical Stores, Tins of Water, etc., have been formed at OBSERVATION WOOD and the place where the Southern Trolley Line meets SACKVILLE STREET Trench.

Each of these Dumps contain 100 Stretchers and 50 additional Stretchers will be kept in reserve at EUSTON Advanced Dressing Station and 20 in the Advanced Dressing Station at COLINCAMPS.

At the beginning of the action, two Bearer Sub-Divisions of No. 142 Field Ambulance will be posted as follows:-

One Bearer Sub-Division at OBSERVATION WOOD.

“          “                      FLAG AVENUE.

After the enemy’s front and support lines have been carried, these Bearer Sub-Divisions will advance to our original front line in the neighbourhood of MARK COPSE & to where BLENEAU Trench enters ROB ROY Trench respectively, and form Bearer Collecting Posts in selected Dug-Outs vacated by Regimental Medical Establishments.  The third Bearer Sub-Division of No. 142 Field Ambulance will march from EUSTON at Zero hour to form a Collecting Post near MATHEW WOOD.

From these places the Bearer Sub-Divisions will collect wounded, take them to OBSERVATION WOOD and SACKVILLE STREET Trench for evacuation by the Trolley Lines, and Officers Commanding will make every endeavour to keep in touch with the Regimental Aid Posts.

Later the Bearer Sub-Divisions of No. 142 Field Ambulance will advance into the enemy’s front and support line and form Collecting Posts there.

The positions evacuated by them in our original front line will be occupied by Bearer Sub-Divisions of No. 8 Field Ambulance which will take over cases brought to them by Bearers of No.142 Field Ambulance, and carry them to the Trolley Lines.

Officers Commanding Bearer Sub-Divisions will use their own initiative as to when they are to advance, but it must be distinctly understood that the advancing Infantry must be followed up, and touch established with Regimental Aid Posts.

An important objective of the R.A.M.C. of the 3rd Division will be the ultimate establishment of an Advanced Dressing Station in SERRE.

 

  1. Divisional Walking Wounded Collecting Station.

This will be established in Shelters and Tents on the COURCELLES-BERTRANCOURT Road at J.29.c.8.2. by a Tent Sub-Division of No.8 Field Ambulance supplemented by the R.A.M.C. Officers from the 3rd Divisional Train and Divisional Ammunition Column.

All walking wounded (i.e. slight cases) will be directed to this place from the Collecting Posts at OBSERVATION WOOD and FLAG AVENUE via CENTRAL AVENUE and SACKVILLE STREET Trench and NEWGATE Street.

The route to be followed by walking wounded will be indicated by directing flags.

On arrival at the Collecting Station the wounded will be dressed, fed, have their “particulars” taken, anti-tetanic serum injected, and be finally evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station near WARLINCOURT (C6) by a Motor Ambulance Convoy detailed for the purpose by D.D.M.S. V. Corps.

The three horsed Ambulance Wagons of No. 8 Field Ambulance will be employed in meeting these men in the EUSTON-COLINCAMPS Road and bringing them into the Collecting Station.

O.C. No. 8 Field Ambulance will arrange for spare teams to be available for these Ambulance Wagons.

Shell Shock Cases.

No cases of alleged Shell Shock will, unless they are suffering from organic lesions or physical symptoms of concussion, be sent to the Casualty Clearing Station near WARLINCOURT.

If, in the opinion of O.C. Divisional Walking Wounded Collecting Station, they are fit for duty they will be handed over to the Military Police for return to their units. If the cases are slight but are genuine cases of Shell Shock they will be sent to No. 142 Field Ambulance at BUS-LES-ARTOIS.

The A.P.M. 3rd Division will arrange for Military Police to be stationed at the Divisional Walking Wounded Collecting Station.

 

  1. Motor Ambulance Cars.

The Motor Ambulance Cars of the Divisional Field Ambulances, with the exception of one Ford Car of each Field Ambulance, will be formed into a Convoy at FORCEVILLE and will come under the orders of an Officer to be detailed by O.C. No. 8 Field Ambulance. This Officer will arrange details with regard to the rationing and reliefs of Drivers etc.

Three Ford Cars will be detailed for duty at the Advanced Dressing Station at COLINCAMPS and as far as may be possible 2 large Cars should always be available at this place for the evacuation of wounded from EUSTON DUMP and Advance Dressing Station.

The Officer detailed by O.C. No. 8 Field Ambulance will also arrange to form a “Cab Rank” of seven large Motor Ambulance Cars on the line of evacuation between BERTRANCOURT and FORCEVILLE at P.9.c.3.6.

As a loaded car passes the “Cab Rank” the leading car in the rank will proceed to the Advanced Dressing Station at COLINCAMPS for instructions.

Empty Cars returning from No. 8 Field Ambulance Dressing Station at FORCEVILLE will return to the “Cab Rank” by the same road.

The Motor Ambulance Workshop Unit is stationed at BUS-LES-ARTOIS and the O.C. will arrange for the repair of broken down cars, and the salving of those damaged by shell fire.

 

  1. The Horsed Ambulance Wagons of No. 7 Field Ambulance will be parked with those of No. 142 Field Ambulance at BUS-LES-ARTIOS and kept in readiness for use.

Officers Commanding No. 7 and 142 Field Ambulances will arrange for spare teams for these wagons to be available.

 

  1. Cases of penetrating wounds of head, chest, and abdomen, likely to be benefited by immediate operation, are to be sent to the Special Hospital at AUTHIE (I.16.a.). See para 2 of attached Appendix.

 

  1. During active operations on a large scale the A.D.M.S. or D.A.D.M.S. will be at the Advanced Dressing Station at EUSTON, and Officers Commanding Bearer Sub-Divisions will inform him from time to time by means of men employed in taking wounded in Trolleys to EUSTON DUMP of the progress of the action and of the approximate number of wounded awaiting removal.

All messages, however, even if intended for A.D.M.S. are to be addressed to O.C. EUSTON Advanced Dressing Station.

  1. Ensor

Colonel

A.D.M.S. 3rd Division

22nd October 1916

Copies to: – D.D.M.S. V. Corps; 3rd Division G & Q, O.C. 7th Fd. Amb; O.C. 8th Fd Amb; O.C. 142 Fd Amb; Office.

A.D.M.S. 3rd Div 22 Oct 1916

Memo sheet

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O.C. 7, 8, 142 Field Ambulance.

Herewith a draft of the orders it is proposed to issue for the projected operations.

All necessary arrangements should be made as if the orders had actually been issued.

There will be a conference in my office at 5.30 p.m. 23/10/16. please attend at that hour accompanied by the O.C. your bearer S-division.

Please acknowledge

H.Q. 3rd Div.
22/10/16
H. Ensor
Colonel
A.D.M.S. 3rd Div

Draft
Secret

R.A.M.C. Operation Order No
by
Colonel H. ENSOR D.S.O. commanding R.A.M.C. 3rd Division.
Map Reference Sheet 57D

I. The 3rd Division will attack the enemy on Z day at Zero hour.

II. (a). The O.C. No 142 Field Ambulance will send one bearer sub division to OBSERVATION WOOD and one bearer sub division to FLAG AVENUE, both sub divisions to be in position by October. Accommodation in trenches has been reserved for these subdivisions by G.Os.C. 8th & 9th Inftry Brigades.
The Os. C. these two bearer sub divisions will detail men to work the trolley lines to EUSTON Dumps and to collect wounded from the Regimental Aid Posts and after the enemys’ front and support line has been carried they will advance and form Collecting Posts near MARK COPSE and near point of junctions of BLENAU trench with ROB ROY trench.
The third bearer sub division of No. 142 Field Ambulance will be at EUSTON Advanced Dressing Station ready to advance at Zero hour to form a Collecting Station near MATHEW COPSE.

(b). No. 5 A Sanitary Section will be at EUSTON Advanced Dressing Station by October. O.C. No 5 A Sanitary Section will detail 10 men to proceed to OBSERVATION WOOD and 10 men to proceed to trolley line at SACKVILLE STREET trench at Zero hour. These men will be employed in reinforcing the parties already engaged in the removal of wounded by trolley line to EUSTON Dump.

(c). O.C. No. 8 Field Ambulance will detail one bearer sub division to be at COLINCAMPS Advanced Dressing Station by October. This bearer sub division will proceed to EUSTON Advanced Dressing Station at Zero hour.
The other two bearer sub divisions will proceed to the Walking Wounded Collecting Post arriving there after sunset on October and will move to Advanced Dressing Station at COLINCCAMPS at Zero hour.

(d). O.C. No 7 Field Ambulance will detail 1 Officer, 2 N.C.Os and 6 men from one of his tent sub divisions to take over charge of the EUSTON Advanced Dressing Station. Dressing Station to be taken over by October.
The bearer division of No. 7 Field Ambulance will be in reserve at Dressing Station of No. 142 Field Ambulance at BUS-les-ARTOIS by October.

(e). O.C. No. 142 Field Ambulance will detail 4 privates from his tent division to report to O.C. Walking Wounded Collecting Post at J.29.c.8.2. for duty in dressing wounded by October.

(f). R.A.M.C. personnel not mentioned above will remain in their present positions.

III. The 3rd Division Band will report to O.C. Advanced Dressing Station COLINCAMPS for duty by Zero hour.

IV. R.A.M.C. units may make use of the shelters in the Walking Wounded Collecting Station as bivouacs for their men on the night of October if convenient for them to do so.

V. A copy of Medical Arrangements of the 3rd Division has been issued to Os.C. Field Ambulances for information of all concerned.

VI. Advanced Headquarters of A.D.M.S. will be at EUSTON Advance Dressing Station at Zero hour. Office of A.D.M.S. will remain at 3rd Division Headquarters at BUS-les-ARTOIS

H. Ensor
Col
A.D.M.S. 3rd Division.