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Old 09-06-21, 06:52 PM
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Here is a nice Army Service Corps Sweetheart not seen one like this before! Enjoy
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Old 09-06-21, 07:46 PM
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I like that Billy, a good find.
Anyone got any more like that, I've got this RAMC with stretchers.
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Old 09-06-21, 08:33 PM
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Cheers Andy seen one for Stretcher Bearers also, but didn't win it! Two Soldiers carrying a Stretcher with S & B either side with Kings Crown abovecall, a nice badge again not seen its like before either!
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Funny, I wanted that Stretcher Bearer badge too, but the time got away from me and I watched it close as I was trying to get my bid in!!!

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A bit off topic but an unusual "strecher bearer" badge from my collection.

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Old 10-06-21, 02:49 PM
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Very nice badge Mike!!! Is it a lapel badge?

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Very nice badge Mike!!! Is it a lapel badge?

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Yes , 28mm buttonhole fitting but no makers mark . Probably a commemorative item produced after 1921.

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Didn't know there was a"Corps of Stretcher Bearers" I thought they where Non Combatants, (Conscientious Objectors?) and Soldiers who Volunteered or should I say where Volunteered for this duty?
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They were a "Corps" within the RBL?
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There is a book : "Wounded: The Long Journey Back from the First World War" by Emily Mayhew that appartently deals with the topic .

She gave a talk titled "The Stretcher Bearers of WWI" , here are a couple of excerpts from a transcript I found.

"Emily, a Historian in Residence in the Biomedical Department of Imperial College London, began by explaining that she is a military medical historian".

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Although many of the Medical Officers at the front were young, they had served in South Africa, where it tended to be disease rather then injury that killed. In light of the shocking injuries now being inflicted, it was clear their skill was needed close to the action; accordingly, a stretcher bearers’ corps was formed at the end of 1914.
These were not simply stretcher carriers :

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In January 1915, the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot started training stretcher bearers, selected for their strength and intelligence, in emergency first aid. The six-week course placed a strong emphasis on stopping bleeding.
Their training didn't stop :

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Once at the front line, the stretcher bearers were assigned either to Regimental Medical Officers or to field hospitals. RMOs gave weekly lectures and manuals in first aid were provided, so that the stretchers bearers were constantly improving their skills and knowledge.
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They were a "Corps" within the RBL?
The connection between the two groups is the puzzle !

Most sources make no mention of either group during WW1 but the lecture/research above , which was organised by the National Army Museum and documented on the IWM site , appears to suggest a "corp" did exist.
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Dr Emily Mayhew will explore the creation of a specialist stretcher bearer corps on the Western Front
Whether this unit was short lived or unofficial I haven't yet clarified.

The British Legion was founded in 1921 but , as the badge below shows , there was an earlier group using the title .

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This is a VTC (or pre-VTC, to be precise) badge for WW1 home front volunteers. It appears in Ernest Martin's article in the Society for Army Historical Research, where he states it is "a similar, but much smaller, organisation to the Athletes."
The IWM also has an interesting "oral history" from a WW1 stretcher bearer (RAMC) which includes the following :
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“posted to Aldershot for further training; story of British Legion visitor
As this is about his 1914/1915 experiences it shows a possible link between the earlier 'British Legion' and stretcher bearers .

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Old 11-06-21, 09:35 AM
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This sold on ebay a few days ago, I liked it but can't afford to buy everything I like.......
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There is a book : "Wounded: The Long Journey Back from the First World War" by Emily Mayhew that appartently deals with the topic .

"accordingly, a stretcher bearers’ corps was formed at the end of 1914."
It seems I read too much into that sentence , I got a copy of the book and it includes first hand accounts of the formal/medical training "bearers" received at Aldershot.

I contacted Dr.Mayhew and her reply stated :

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although there was no formal stretcher bearer corps (as in the Corps of Signallers), bearer teams were often called stretcher bearer corps when referred to collectively as a medical trade
So , it appears that my badge was an 'unofficial' item produced to remember a group who probably trained together and could 'possibly' have had a connection to a VTC/pre VTC British Legion section/branch.

It is still an unusual and rare item which I'm happy to have in my collection.

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This may be a bit off topic also, but 40 years ago when I visited Hugh King I gave him a QVC collar badge with the title on the scroll 'WBB Bearer Company'. Otherwise it was the same design as a normal AMC badge.
I knew it was rare at the time but it was out of my line and it was going to a good home. Never seen another or found out just what it was, no doubt Boer War, and possibly? associated with Gandhi.
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This may be a bit off topic also, but 40 years ago when I visited Hugh King I gave him a QVC collar badge with the title on the scroll 'WBB Bearer Company'. Otherwise it was the same design as a normal AMC badge.
I knew it was rare at the time but it was out of my line and it was going to a good home. Never seen another or found out just what it was, no doubt Boer War, and possibly? associated with Gandhi.

Possibly Indian ?

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The Army Hospital Corps persons did the menial service in British Station Hospitals and the Army Bearer Corps provided persons for the carriage of the sick and wounded. In 1903, the Army Bearer Corps was re-organised into 10 Division Companies and the duties of these Companies in war were to carry stretchers and doolies, and in peace for general work in hospital

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