R.A.M.C. doctors drawing rations.
I know that because it says so on the back of the card!
Young R.A.M.C. ambulance driver (third from left and identified by his cap badge), and some of his wounded, but mending, passengers, somewhere in Blighty. 1898 saw the formation of the Royal Army Medical Corps with the amalgamation of the two previous organisations within the Army Medical Services, the Medical Staff (officers) and the Medical Staff Corps (men). Within three months the new service was operating in the Sudan, and within a year, in South Africa, and it was their experiences there, in particular dealing with disease (typhus & dysentery were rife) that would prove so valuable during the Great War.
R.A.M.C. sergeant, on the left, alongside a corporal and two privates. The sergeant, a man of nearly five years service, is another example of a soldier whose death, many years later, was directly attributed to an incident during the Great War,…
…and although I have doctored this medical document extract (see what I did there?) by removing some of the details, what remains proves the point.
From left, a corporal with eleven years service, three of which were pre-war, a private, a staff sergeant who joined up in 1910 and served until 1931, and on the right, a sergeant who had been gassed, probably by phosgene, in 1918 and who would die in his early fifties, hardly helped by his Great War injuries. Just 9,000 strong at the start of the war, by 1918 the R.A.M.C. would consist of 13,000 officers and over 150,000 other ranks. And you have just met a few of them, the men who came home.