Journeys on a jigger
Stretcher bearers evacuate a wounded soldier from the front line on a stretcher case on a ‘jigger’. The stretcher case is wheeled into the courtyard of the ADS (Advanced Dressing Station). Medicals admit the soldier and his condition is assessed and wounds dressed. More serious cases would have been evacuated by motor ambulance to the Main Dressing Station, in this case the No.3 Field Ambulance at Pont D’Achelles. Just as the ambulance drives off an orderly runs out and throws a soldier’s pack on board.
Filmed in June 1917, in Northern France when the New Zealand Division was on the front line forward of Ploegsteert Wood. It was a period of heavy activity – the buildings were under constant shellfire and were heavily sandbagged.
Caring for our Wounded
Over 3,000 Australian nurses volunteered during the First World War, working in hospitals, including hospital ships and trains, and in field stations closer to the front line. This film shows scenes of Allied forces medical staff and stations taken throughout the Western Front, 1916-1918: “No words can describe the awfulness of the wounds. Bullets are nothing. It is the shrapnel that tears through the flesh and cuts off limbs”