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Offline bstewart

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.....  I will be researching the material in the microfiche files under the LHF file and Militia - 4th Field Ambulance.    :cdn:  Jerry Pearce

Did you find anything in the newspaper archives, Jerry?  I didn't realize that your dad and mine were both in the 4th.

I wonder if they discussed a dream of their kids being bagpipers??  LOL!!!

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Re: 4th Field Ambulance, RCAMC
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2018, 20:40:31 »
My father, Douglas James Bird, was a member of the 4th Field Ambulance RCAMC... he just recently passed away... While a couple of years ago I was surfing the net for ANYTHING on the unit for my Dad, how unfortunate that I just now came across this site.  He would have been THRILLED to see names that he knew!  I have inherited all his memorabilia:,,,, information on veterans of the 4th from Ft. William, I would be happy to help out if I can.

Twylla, do you clippings identify where in Sicily and italy the 4rth Field ambulance went??  actualy towns or cities?

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Re: 4th Field Ambulance, RCAMC
« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2018, 22:43:29 »
I had a quick scan through the unit history (the book I mentioned in previous post) and made these notes about locations for the unit.  The information was originally gathered from the unit's war diaries during the writing of the history.

This part deals only with Sicily.

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4 Field Ambulance Sicily and Italy

Landing of 1st Cdn Division in Sicily 10 July 1943.

Assault sections of 4 Field Ambulance landed with 1st Brigade at about 0600 hrs 10 July 1943 with HQ and remainder of unit landing shortly thereafter. By end of day, 4 Fd Amb was ashore in Sicily with 13 officers and 196 other ranks.  Sections were deployed in support of the battalions of 1st Bde (RCR, H&PER, 48th High).

By noon of the first day, the unit had established two Advanced Dressing Stations (ADS) about a mile inland towards the airport (which was in vicinity of PACHINO).

Leapfrogging the ADSs, stations were opened at BOMBPALAZZO (near BURGIO) on 11 July and at MODICA on 13 July.

On 16 July they set up a dressing station in GRAMMICHELE in a student's club in an unusually modern building for Sicily.  It was already being used by locals as a medical facility.  By giving some medical supplies to the poorly equipped local hospital, they were able to alleviate some of the overcrowding.  There they were able to receive casualties from the battle which was raging south of PIAZZA ARMERINA.

On the 19 July, they closed down and moved to the south edge of VALGUARNERA on the road to LEONFORTE, accompanied by 1 Field Dressing Station and 1 Field Surgical Unit and opened an ADS and an Advanced Surgical Centre in a large school that the Italians had used as a hospital and had left a quantity of surgical equipment that was put to good use.

By 22 July resistance on the objectives was mostly overcome and  the surgical units attempted to move into LEONFORTE but were driven out into the countryside by artillery rounds landing in the town.  4 Fd Amb had been functioning as a staging facility but now moved up to support 1st Bde in its attack on NISSORIA.

On 26 July the unit evacuated all of the casualties which they had been holding thus enabling it to be mobile again.  On 31 July, 12 planes flew overhead and dropped about twenty 250 lb bombs despite the prominent red crosses on the building. Two soldiers were killed and one wounded (not unit members) along with 32 civilians wounded and 23 dead.

The fighting now moved to REGALBUTO with 4 Fd Amb functioning in VALGUARNERA until 2 August at which time it moved closer to the front but was held in reserve.  Action then took place as the brigades moved eastward toward ADRANO.  Battles at AGIRA and REGALBUTO were extremely bloody and it was not until the night of 5-6 August that the troops reached ADRANO.

Following this phase of the fighting 1st Cdn Div was pulled back into reserve.  4 Fd Amb was moved to a rest area near LENTINI on 12 August but had to move on 16 August as Div HQ took over this area.  They finally set up in FRANCOFORTE where the rear party which had been left behind in Scotland rejoined then.  Although the division had been withdrawn from the frontline, workload for the medical units continued as they still continued to hold a number of wounded and the problem of malaria compounded the difficulties.
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Re: 4th Field Ambulance, RCAMC
« Reply #28 on: January 30, 2018, 23:44:11 »
Link to The Offical History of the RCamc in the Second World war. Click on the English side " Continue to PDF' to download as a PDF.

http://publications.gc.ca/site/archivee-archived.html?url=http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2009/forces/D61-21-1956E.pdf
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Re: 4th Field Ambulance, RCAMC
« Reply #29 on: August 01, 2018, 09:27:41 »
Many thanks for those suggestions. Have been in contact with the current museum curator here in Thunder Bay to get access to the library!

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Re: 4th Field Ambulance, RCAMC
« Reply #30 on: August 06, 2018, 14:41:30 »
I am trying to locate pictures, names and info on the 11th Field Ambulance, Royal Canadian Army M├ędical corps.
My late father was with them 1939-1942. I have just found his discharge certificate and would so love to know more about his actions during his time in England.  He came home to Canada with a knee injury but never talked about it. Any insight or where to go from here would be helpful. Thank you