Other formats

    TEI XML file   ePub eBook file  


    mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Formation of CCS

Formation of CCS

The 7th Reinforcements arrived in Egypt on 19 October and comprised 18 NZANS, 15 medical officers, and 166 other ranks, all of whom were sorely needed to strengthen existing units and form new units in the Medical Corps.

It was now possible to finalise the long-deferred formation of a casualty clearing station which, as 1 NZ CCS, was officially gazetted as a unit of 2 NZEF on 1 November 1941. The medical and ordnance equipment of the unit had not been received by this date, but it was known to have left the United Kingdom some time previously, and six trucks had arrived from New Zealand. The staff of the unit, except the medical officers and sisters, was assembled under Lieutenant-Colonel Ardagh. It was attached to 2 General Hospital at Garawla and underwent valuable training in setting up a tented hospital under desert conditions.