Posted 07 February 2008 - 01:05 am
From the OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL SERVICES 1914-1918 : Volume I, page 11 :
The regimental medical officer was again the first link in the chain connecting the front line with the base. He was provided with two orderlies and sixteen stretcher-bearers (combatants), who, when an action commenced, would deposit their arms in the "Maltese cart" (which carried the field medical and surgical panniers, "medical companion", surgical haversack, and water-bottle, which comprised the equipment), and would assume the brassard prescribed by the Geneva Convention.
In the Glossary, page 832, a Maltese cart is given as :
A small two-wheeled cart, which formed part of the medical equipment of a battalion.
A photograph also appears on Plate 12 - opposite page 54. Unfortunately, the print available in the online version of the Australian Official History is rather poor. However, here is the photo from the AWM collection - reference H13984 :
Hope this helps