Medical - 8th Australian Field Ambulance

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Unit's Colour Patch

Brief History

Formed in Egypt during January 1916 the 8th Australian Field Ambulance was a complete medical unit made up of previously separate and independent entities. These were The Bearer sub division; and the tent sub division. The Transport Division, were Service Corps personnel. It was attached to the 8th Brigade, 5th 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].

Their baptism of fire took place in the "nursery Sector" near Fleurbaix and Fromelles in the lead up to the battle of the same name. The battle itself overwhelmed all of the medical assets of the 5th Division. Many soldiers were killed in the process of trying to retrieve casualties from the battlefield. After Fromelles it served throughout the remainder of the war supporting the 8th Brigade's operations in France and Belgium. The unit's last war diary entry was made in March 1919, after which it was disbanded.

Individual Honours

  • 1 Distinguished Service Order
  • 1 Military Cross
  • 2 Distinguished Conduct Medals
  • 47 Military Medals with 3 Bars
  • 2 Meritorious Service Medals
  • 8 Mentioned in Despatches
  • 3 Foreign award


Content for the history and honours sections has come from a combination of Wikipedia and the Australian War Memorial websites.

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