Home
Archaeology
Site Index
Blog
About


The Plugstreet Archaeological Project

1st New Zeland Field Ambulance, New Zealand Medical Service




Sponsored by
insert sponsor's banner here.

We are currently seeking a sponsor for this website as it follows the progress of the excavations on the battlefield, with contributions from established historians and well known experts, as the team attempt to match the historical evidence and family history to the archaeology on the ground.

Please contact us for more details.


If you enjoy this website please consider making a donation towards the costs of the project.




1st New Zeland Field Ambulance, New Zealand Medical Corps served with the 1st New Zeland Division at the Battle of Messines in 1917.

By the 1st of March 1917 the New Zeland Division had moved from the Sailly sector and were in the Ploegsteert-Le Touquet sector in Flanders. The 1st NZ Field Ambulance, commanded by Lieut.-Col. M. Holmes, was allocated the southern most right sub-sector and set up thier Medical Dressing Station in the Convent schools at Pont de Nieppe. Two Advanced Dressing Stations were set up at, Motor Car Corner, about half a mile north-east of Le Bizet, and the Brewery Post on the Armentières-Ploegsteert-Messines road about a mile due north of Le Bizet. The road from Le Bizet to Pont de Nieppe allows both motor transport access to both Dressing Stations enabling evacuation of the wounded at any time by day or night.

At Brewery Post most of the buildings remained and in addition there were gas proof and shell-proof cellars the ADS was manned by one medical officer and 15 other ranks, with one large ambulance car garaged in the stables. Brewery Post was served by the Regimental Aid Post at Despierre Farm about a mile east, with the wounded being brought in by hand carriage.

Motor Car Corner offered a gas-proof room in some ruined buildings and a protected shed for a small car. The ADS was staffed by one corporal and four privates of the N.Z.M.C. recieving wounded from the Souther Regimental Aid Post, the magnificently named "Charing Cross Hospital", situated south of Despierre Farm in a dug-out.

In preparation for the battle, 1st New Zealand Field Ambulance moved to Ravelsberg jnear Baillieul on the Neuve Eglise, via Wulverghem to Messines road, setting up their Advanced Dressing Station at "Kandahar" Farm, about three east of Neuve Eglise. Here farm buildings offered protection by splinter-proofs for about 100 wounded lying on stretchers with a telephone line to the M.D.S. at Ravelsberg. Two Regimental Aid Posts were established in the area where the NZ Division would lanch their attack, linked by trench tramlines and each equipped with a large ambulance car; one at St. Quentin Cabaret and the other at La Plou Douve Farm in the Douve Valley, both RAP's were exposed to observation from the enemy on Messines ridge.



Those who served with The 1st New Zeland Field Ambulance, New Zealand Medical Service

at The Battle of Messines.



Those who were treated by The 1st New Zeland Field Ambulance, New Zealand Medical Service

at The Battle of Messines.







If you know of anyone who served with this unit at the Battle of Messines, please complete the form below so that they can be remembered.

Required fields are marked *

                    

Surname:             * Of the veteran..
First Name:         
Middle Name(s):
Nick Name:       
Rank:                 
Galantry Awards: DSO, MID etc.
Service Number:
Service:               * British Army/AIF/NZ/RFC/Civilian. etc.
Unit:                     Regiment/Squadron etc.
Sub unit:              Battalion/Section/Flight/etc.
Home:                 prewar address/town/village
Date of Death,     if during the war.
Web Link,           If you have a webpage about your relative please provide the address.

Please tell us about your relative:

name of submitter:* Your name.
email:                   @
Please type in the code shown here: CAPTCHA Image   If you are unable to read the code please click here.




If you have any photographs please scan or digitally photograph your orginials and send a copy by email attachment.

NB. All entries are checked manually before appearing online to prevent spam and inappropriate content. There will be a delay before your submission appears on the website.











Links





Website and All Material © Copyright MMX - MMXVII
- All Rights Reserved

The Plugstreet Archaeological Project

Website and Multimedia by Middleton House Productions