Well, here I am, historically speaking, stuck. It is Bedlington, a small town in the north of England. The year is 1914. I am in the Scottish Horse Field Ambulance, and I have an idea. The idea is a result of my time in the Boer War. The hardest thing to do was to get the wounded quickly and safely to an operating theatre. Now would it be a better to take the operating theatre to the wounded. Especially if we could operate as quickly as ten minutes or less after our arrival. Ideal for the impeding break through in France. Now as I say I am in Bedlington, so there are two things I need help with. The first is where would I get hold of a Wolseley Chassis, The second is who, who is the coach-builder in the area capable of building a fully functioning operating theatre on the chassis?
The operating car was built. It served in Gallipoli as a stationery unit.and during the Palestine Campaign. I am still looking for sources on the medical Units during the Sennussi Campaign as the car may have been used during that campaign too.
The geographical Sequence is, training area near Bedlington, (Ottoburn?), Gallipoli, Cairo, then? Kantara, then Beersheba.
Wade gain his experience of treating wounded soldiers during the wars in South Africa. During the Great war the RAMC faced three additional problems. The first was the huge number of wounds caused by shell fire, the second was “Gas”, the third was contaminated soil, soil in Western Europe is contaminated as a result of farming and high density occupation by people. This soil contamination was not in evidence in the Sinai, or Palestine. This would have resulted in a different out come if exactly the same procedures were used. In the South African Wars there were incidents of wounds caused by rifle fire, gunshot wounds, left open would heal themselves. Interested to find out if someone has information on this.
Next wee bit of help concerns the Mauser Rifle. What were the differences between the Mauser used by the Boers, the Turks, and the one used by the German army? There use seems to cause three slightly different wounds. The rifle used by the Boers produced a cleaner wound. The Turkish rifle would seem to have been a slightly larger calibre. So where would I find out about those?
I used to have the sole use of a Boer War era Martini-Henry rifle in Winchester. Happiness as the Beatles once sang was a warm gun.