Read today's entry from Harry Gissing's 1914-18 war diaries

October 13, 1917

Another quiet night, very few coming in. The system of admitting patients is now well controlled. There are 4 C.C.S.’s together and each take it in turn to admit patients up to 150 stretchers, two walkers counting as one stretcher, they then close down and the next in turn admit. By this method no matter how great the rush the work is evenly distributed and time is given to sort out one lot before receiving a second.

A system of booking is in use by which headquarters are notified up to the hour, if necessary, the number of casualties so that the heads know exactly how things are going and can act accordingly. The evacuating is pooled under one Evacuating Medical Officer which makes for efficiency and surgical teams are in attendance who travel the whole front for use where the casualties are. By this means the best surgeons are used where most needed, and best results with small wastage of manpower, is gained.

Instead of going to bed during the day I went to see my unit about 10 miles away at “Dickibush” where they are running an M.C.S. but have very little to do. It was well worth the trip, if only to see the concentration of material, munitions, etc. on the road. At one siding there were new guns of all calibre as well as G.S. waggons, watercarts, limbers, etc. all new and ammunition unlimited. There is no shortage in material with us. Saw two lots of taubes over apparently without much opposition from our planes, even our anti-aircraft fire seemed feeble.


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