James Hope Byres

  Colin Carmichael

  William Doughty

  James Forman

  Bob Hamilton & David Sibbald

  Elsie Inglis

  James Irvine-Dyce

  William Irvine-Dyce

  James Keppie

  Robert Robertson Ochiltree

  Alexander Hugh Peebles


   - War Blinded

  John White Somerville

  William Spens

  Gideon Walker

  War Hospitals

   - American

   - Craigleith

   - Craiglockhart

     - The Hydra

   - Deaconess

   - Edenhall

   - Edinburgh Castle

   - Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

   - Kingston House

   - Royal Victoria

The care, and transportation of casualties and their evacuation from the Fighting Fronts was negotiated through a series of care and staging facilities on the Lines of Communication (LOC). The casualties were brought directly from the trenches by Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) stretcher-bearer parties and were given first aid.

The men were then taken to Regimental Aid Posts or Field Dressing Stations where they were treated by doctors from the RAMC. The medical intervention at the Aid Posts and Dressing Stations was limited to immediate life saving treatments. The casualties were then moved up the LOC to Casualty Clearing Stations (CCS) where they were cared for by military nurses, doctors, and medical orderlies.

It was at the CCSs that life or limb-saving surgery, specialist care and treatment were rendered within the first few hours or days. When the casualties’ injuries or conditions were stabilised, they were then moved further up the line on Hospital Trains to Stationary, Base, and General Hospitals.

The General Hospital was the last staging treatment facility before the casualties were transported on Hospital Ships back to the Home Front or "Blighty" as the Tommies referred to it. In the soldiers’ trench vocabulary, to receive a "Blighty" meant there was a very good chance of returning home.


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The staff at a Home Front hospital. Professor Yvonne McEwen Family Collection.

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