I am new to this Forum, but have learnt such a lot from reading comments etc
Like most, I guess, I was really moved the first time I went to the Western Front. So many cemeteries, with so many headstones, and so many names of men with no known graves
I just can't let it go.
Ever since that time I have wanted to set up a RAMC database, mainly to commemorate the Corps but to also give something back to a generation that lost so much by keeping the names of those who served alive. Against the advice of others that it is too big a task (they are right of course) I am plodding on and am adding daily to an access database.
It is still very early days with so much more information to add, I haven't even scratch the surface but if I highlight a column and click on A/Z I am starting to see numbering systems forming, specific drafts of men who were sent to serve with other RAMC units and specific drafts of RAMC men from certain RAMC Units who were transferred to other regiments. I can also see men from the same unit being killed on the same day and/or winning awards, which will lead me to investigate specific battles. It really is starting to produce some very interesting results and much more than I first intended.
Sorry, just had to tell someone. I am soooooo excited.
Please be patience with me
Have recently been writing up a dissertation on the Great War's role in this area.
In Kendal Local History Library I came across this wonderful book (1 of only 12)
The author and printer served with the Number 34 (West Lancs.)Casualty Clearing Station R.A.M.C.(T)
A Kendal man who served right through the war in Casualty Clearing Stations, attached to Number One Regiment of the West Lancashire’s.He kept a diary and at the end of the war being a printer by trade published a limited edition of one dozen containing many private photographs.
He presented a copy to the Mayor of Kendal
Contains information on the ambulance trains
Trips from Dock Enfield to Southampton to collect wounded from the ships arriving from France.