2nd Field Ambulance

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2nd Field Ambulance dugout on the Gallipoli Peninsula. AWM P10930.002
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Shoulder patch

Brief History

The 2nd Field Ambulance was the one of three Field Ambulance Companies nominally assigned to each of the three Brigades; the 1st 2nd and 3rd. The 2nd Brigade to which the 2nd Field Ambulance was assigned, comprised of the 5th 6th 7th and 8th Battalions. The 2nd Field Ambulance was raised in Puckapunyal; Victoria in 1914.

The 2nd Brigade landed at Gallipoli on the 25th April and the 2nd Field Ambulance served throughout the campaign and followed its parent Brigade to France and Belgium from 1916. Field Ambulances were established close to the beach at Gallipoli and were under constant threat of shell fire and even rifle and machine gun fire on occasion. The 2nd Field Ambulance landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, the Unit also served with distinction on the western Front at the Somme, Hindenburg, Ypres, Pozieres and Hazebrouck.

Forty seven men died while posted to this unit.


Gallipoli 1915

Egypt 1916

France 1916




Individual Honours

  • 1 x Distinguished Service Order
  • 2 x Military Cross
  • 3 x Distinguished Conduct Medal
  • 42 x Military Medal
  • 1 x Bar to Military Medal
  • 3 x Meritorious Service Medal
  • 8 x Mentioned in Despatches
  • 1 x French Croix de Guerre


For further detail on this unit see:

  • Wounds and Scars - From Gallipoli to France - The History of the 2nd Field Ambulance History 1914 - 1919 by Ron Austin

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