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The Evolution Of Casualty Evacuation In The British Army 20th Century (Part 1) – Boer War To 1918
  1. Lt Col MCM Bricknell, DM MMedSci MRCGP MFOM MFPHM DMCC DRCOG RAMC, Chief Instructor1
  1. 1Defence Medical Services Training Centre, Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hants, GU12 5RQ. mcm.bricknell{at}


This is the first in a series of papers which describe the evolution of the British casualty evacuation system in the 20th Century. This paper describes the formation of the Field Ambulance after the Boer War and the development of the Casualty Clearing Station during the First World War. It also discusses how the effects of an improved understanding of triage, shock and wound infection contributed to changes in the internal organization of hospitals in the field.

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