From the 53rd Division History and from the Diary of a Yeomanry M.O. by Captain O Teichman DSO MC RAMC it is possible to get some idea of how GCR and other casualties wound have be managed.

It has already been described how having been wounded in the foot but without fractures, GCR was able to get back to British lines and alert stretcher bearers to the plight of his friend lying out on the hillside.

From there he may have been managed at an aid post by a Brigade Medical Officer or his staff before being evacuated to a Brigade Field Ambulance and then onto one of the Divisional Field Ambulance; this would have been either the 1sr, 2nd or 3rd Welsh Field Ambulances. From there he would have been sent on to the 53rd Welsh Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) if that had been established by then. This unit was set up on A beach to the north of the Salt Lake. Given the confusion during the initial landings and early days of battle he may alternatively have passed through another brigade’s medical units and ended up at the CCS on C Beach south of the Salt Lake and Lala Baba.

Between these units casualties would have been carried by stretcher-bearer parties or mule ambulance carts. GCR would probably been expected to make his way down to the beach under his own steam.

At the clearing stations the wounded would have had their wounds redressed and received a hot meal and an anti-tetanus inoculation before being transferred to barges from evacuation to hospital ships and beyond.

The ships would have then sailed to Mudros harbour on Lemnos where walking wounded, including GCR, who might be expected to recover well enough to rejoin the battle after treatment or those not expected to survive a long voyage were off loaded and sent to the General Hospital. The others who were wounded sufficiently to warrant a significant period of treatment and rehabilitation if they were ever to rejoin their units set sail for England (hospitals in Egypt were already overwhelmed); these were said have received a “Blighty” wound.

The Australian hospital at which GCR was treated would have been the 3rd Australian General Hospital, the nursing officers of which had sailed to Alexandria on the SS Huntsgreen along with GCR and the 5th Battalion the Welsh Regiment.

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From The History of the Great European War Volume IV

Medical and nursing sisters of 3rd Australian General Hospital (3AGH) in the tent lines with patients J01438Two nursing sisters and officer in the tent ward lines with patients at No 3 Australian General Hospital J01446

Medical and nursing staff of the 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos

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