Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Boer War: Medical Corps

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and the Natal Volunteer Medical Corps (NVMC) were the two main units in charge of the wounded in the Natal field.

Indian stretcher bearers
The Natal Volunteer Ambulance Corps was supplemented by the Natal Indian Volunteer Ambulance Corps performing essential duties in retrieving the wounded from the field. The Indian unit (about 1100 strong) was one of two raised and commanded by Mohandas K Gandhi - the Volunteer Ambulance Corps in 1899 followed by in 1906 the Indian Stretcher Bearer Corps.

The British Red Cross Society and St John's Ambulance also played a part in the treatment of British military and civilian casualties.

For further detail on all the above see

Royal Army Medical Corps:

Natal Volunteer Medical Corps:

RAMC memorial, Intombi, Ladysmith

RAMC memorial, Intombi, Ladysmith

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