15th Field Ambulance

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Informal group portrait of members of the 15th Australian Field Ambulance AWM P09328.001
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Brief History

The 15th Field Ambulance was the Field Ambulance Company that nominally supported the 15th Brigade of the Fifth Division, comprised of the 57th, 58th 59th and 60th Battalions. The Field Ambulance was a complete medical unit made up of previously separate and independent entities. These were The Bearer Division [previously working as Bearer Companies]; The Tent Division [previously working as Field Hospitals] and The Transport Division. The Field Ambulance at full strength composed of 10 Officers and 224 men. The Bearer Division had 18 stretcher squads each of 6 men. The Tent Division was comprised of doctors: 9 medical officers and 1 dental officer, as well as 1 Quartermaster of stores, batmen, clerks, cooks, dispensers, nursing orderlies, and the Transport Division, which had 60 men attached from the Army Service Corps. All this made up medical support for one infantry brigade. [Three to every Division].

Twenty four men died while posted to this unit.


Individual Honours

  • 1 x Officer of the Order of the British Empire
  • 3 x Distinguished Service Order
  • 2 x Military Cross
  • 1 x Distinguished Conduct Medal
  • 31 x Military Medal
  • 5 x Bar to Military Medal
  • 6 x Meritorious Service Medal
  • 16 x Mentioned in Despatches
  • 1 x Belgium Croix de Guerre


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