The Stretcher-bearers working in the ANZAC Field Ambulance in Gallipoli were the forebears of paramedics. Their work was extreme, difficult and life-threatening and yet they continued throughout this campaign and many others to put their own lives at risk to save others.
On ANZAC Day this year – the 100th Anniversay – PA salutes all of those who have served for their country, and would like to recognise them with this short excerpt from The Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper in July 1915; Stretcher Bearers – Their Magnificent Work.
“When a man enlisted in the Field Ambulance in Australia one used sometimes to hear his friends remark. “I’m rather glad old Jones isn’t in a fighting corps-he is a married man you know; he’ll be better behind the firing lines,” and one heard people make much the same remarks about the Army Medical Corps details attached to the infantry battalions, and about those men who were chosen from amongst the rank and file of battalions to be strecher bearers, there was a sort of general idea, even in the force itself, that the stretcher-bearer and the men engaged in the medical service were pretty safe. All one can say is-not at Anzac.”
“Stretcher bearers are always exposed to that fire in the ordinary course of carrying out their daily duty, as is everyone else, but it is during the fierce days and nights of battle that they have made their reputation in the Australian and New Zealand army corps. Wherever there is a wounded man to be got there the stretcher bearers have gone. During the first few days ashore they went out by day as well as by night.”
We encourage you to read the full article from the Kalgoorlie Miner.