Dressings most acceptable for a Casualty Clearing Station in the Dardanelles

The Wargrave women toiling over making bandages and other medical supplies for wounded soldiers were gratified to find their products were appreciated at the Front.

Surgical Dressings

The Wargrave Emergency Society have pursued their labours with admirable perseverance and industry. We are very glad to be able to print the splendid record of the work done up to the present together with one of the many tokens of appreciation from the Front.

There is now a Parent Society in Wargrave with several daughter Branches. Knowl Hill did much to help and a flourishing Branch was established there. But unfortunately there came an outbreak of scarlet fever and they were obliged to stop working for a time. It was disappointing to the Workers and a great loss to the Society but we hope that the trouble will soon by overpast.

From Somewhere behind the Lines in the Dardanelles
Lt. Col. —– Casualty Clearing Station,
Dardanelles, Sept. 20th,
To Miss Ruby Bulkeley,
Surgical Dressings Emergency Society
(Maidenhead Branch)

I have received your parcel of Sterilized Dressings and Bandages quite safely today. Please accept my best thanks. I also received some sent from the Wargrave Branch, but I do not know where to write to thank for them and they were not acknowledged. Will you kindly convey my thanks, as I am not sure where Wargrave is.

These Dressings are most acceptable, especially for us as my clearing station happens to be so situated that the vast majority of wounded in the A—— Area come, through our hands, and when I tell you that after one action we had some 800 cases in less than 24 hours, many requiring operations, and practically all requiring to be redressed as only “First Aid” could be rendered previously, you will see that our requirements are really enormous and everything that kind friends at home can send us some in useful and are most welcome –

The other C.C.’s in this Area are the —–
The —– Australian – the —- and the —-.
(Making 5 C.C. Stations altogether)

The class of Dressings you sent us are in my opinion admirably suited to the work of the Casualty Cleaning Stations, but would not be useful to the Field Ambulance.

If your Society has more to spare, I shall always be glad to have some, and I feel sure you must help to relive the Government supply by helping us direct.
Believe me, yours truly,
——–
Lt. Col. R.A.M.C.

Warm socks, shirts, pyjamas, and all gifts of warm things are gratefully received, to forward with the dressings. These wounded come straight from the Trenches and Battlefield, and warm clothing, clean and fresh is comforting.

Number of Dressings 26,232
Total Contents of Bales, Since April 28th to October 14th 1915.

Kits 1093
Spare Bandages 8748

Comforts

Sheets 22 fine linen
Sheets, No. 7 Base 36 fine linen
Pillows 116
Pillow Cases 299
Towels (mostly new) 117
Socks 143 pairs
Slippers 46 pairs
Handkerchiefs 122 new
Pyjamas 59 pairs
Day Shirts 124
Operation Shirts 721
Bed Jackets 76
Pneumonia Jackets 37
Tea Cloths 75
Serviettes 143
White Duck Deck Coats 3
Knitted Scarves 8
Knitted Caps 6
Mittens 6
(Neck Pillows) 6
(Pillow Cases) 12
Hop Pillows 3
Operation Belts 3
Rubber Sheet 1
Lavender Bags 1
Scent Spray, 2 Bottles of Eau de Cologne

Total Comforts 1635 Articles.

Wargrave parish magazine, November 1915 (D/P145/28A/31)

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