Bandsmen and Medical Assistance

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Bandsmen and Medical Assistance

Postby Peter » 30 Oct 2016 11:05

While only fleeting, given the frequent comments concerning Bandsmen’s ‘other’ duties, I thought this by the MO, Indian Medical Department, Abyssinian Field Force, of interest.

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Practical Observations Relating to the Arrangements in the Medical Department of a Field Force, by Deputy Inspector General Pelly, United Service Magazine, 1870, Vol 123, Part II, (May-Aug),
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id= ... 3081656609, pp 172 - 183
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Re: Bandsmen and Medical Assistance

Postby Judy O'Grady » 25 Jan 2017 06:33

Hello Peter,
I can't provide any additional info on bandsmen's other duties but I found your post very interesting and want to thank you for posting it. My focus is on 1853 to 1874 service in the 30th and 58th Regiments of the Foot.
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Re: Bandsmen and Medical Assistance

Postby Redcoat 57 » 26 Jan 2017 13:45

Hello Peter,
I am a new member so have only just seen your post. I am particularly interested in the 1868 Abyssinian campaign so I was very interested to see the link - thanks for sharing it!
It would be interesting to know when the bandsmen's role as stretcher bearer/first aider first came about and what training they had for the role. Can you suggest a good place to look for that kind of information?
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Re: Bandsmen and Medical Assistance

Postby Frogsmile » 27 Jan 2017 00:11

There is some interesting background in this book, Eric: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=nr3 ... rs&f=false
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Re: Bandsmen and Medical Assistance

Postby Peter » 27 Jan 2017 05:28

Thanks Judy.

Eric,

It’s not an area I have an interest in. I just came across the comment and posted it.

The best I can do is suggest two things. Firstly, notwithstanding the heading, Army Surgeons, viewtopic.php?f=27&t=10444, contains references to a number of articles on various 'medical' subjects over a seventy year period. You can search the text of a number of them. I’ve spot checked a few. Wrt “what training they had for the role”, it seems not much more (as in: if anything) between the comment that aroused your interest and 1902. See Report On the Medical Arrangements In the South African War, https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/011692780, p 76.

Wrt to ”when the bandsmen's role as stretcher bearer/first aider first came about”: As evidenced above, if you explore the articles <1868 you might get some idea.

Secondly, if you’re interested in the role of bandsmen & / or stretcher bearers in the 1868 Abyssinian campaign you might look at discussions of the Campaign per se in 1868 Abyssinia, viewtopic.php?f=18&t=7158, this Forum more generally, and Google et al.

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Re: Bandsmen and Medical Assistance

Postby Redcoat 57 » 27 Jan 2017 13:40

Frogsmile and Peter

Thanks for your replies. Some very interesting links and suggestions which should keep me occupied for some time!

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