Now to google the name an learn a bit. Thank you very much.
And who knows, if Hans could become a more prominent chemist, he could shape the careers of other potential British chemists Iike... a Mrs. Roberts (although that would at the very least require to know what is happening in Britain 11 years after the current point ITTL.)Thanks and yes. I was mislead by the proximity of his surname with that of a very famous British PM...
8th October 1914, Turbize.
The Surgeon put down his bone saw, grimacing at the pain in his back, this was the 4th amputation he had carried out since coming back on duty 14 hours ago, the stream of wounded was nearly continuous. His job was to stabilise the patients, he debrided, closed, clamped, amputated and sutured as required. His clearing hospital was only one of those serving the BEF, each division had its own. The probing attacks being conducted by the British were small in scale generally a single company or at most a battalion would push against the German Line, these attacks were being conducted mainly to force the Germans back towards Brussels.
The attacks were becoming costly, with a steady stream of wounded, one thing he had noted over the last week that the nature of the wounds had changed, initially most were shrapnel or shell fragment wounds, with most of the remainder being bullet wounds. As the BEF had advanced towards Brussels, the number of shell wounds had diminished, now they were less than a third of the total, with bullet wounds now the predominant injury seen.
Once the wounded had been received from the Regimental Aid Post, the process of treating them began, generally in the order that they had been received, the walking wounded whose injuries were sufficiently minor were patched up and dispatched back to the line. The rest were stabilised before being moved to a Field hospital where they would receive further treatment, before dispatch further down the line to a General Hospital or a return to Britain for more hospitalisation and Treatment.
His hospital did not just treat British wounded, they were receiving German Troops as well, many of them only lightly wounded who straggled during their retreat and were captured, others were more sorely hurt, he recalled a huge Prussian Guardsman who had been brought in yesterday with a shocking sword wound, with him had come a young Lieutenant who had been bayoneted. The Lieutenant’s wound was relatively trivial the bayonet had pierced his thigh just above the knee, his men had applied a field dressing immediately and the wound was further cleaned and sutured, he anticipated him making a complete recovery. The Guardsman had suffered a sword cut on the face that sliced into his cheek and had nearly severed his nose, whilst disfiguring that was the lessor wound, he also had a dreadful penetrating wound to the belly. His bowel was clearly perforated and already signs of infection were present, he had been given a large dose of morphia and moved to a tent with others who were to injured to survive.
The surgeon put down the saw, he was pleased to have made a nice clean incision, unfortunately the soldier had died whilst he was working. The surgeon leant back stretching, calling for an orderly, the body was moved, a burial detail attached to the hospital would inter him quickly and a quickly as that another man was brought forward to be treated, a head injury this time.
That butchers blade is long gone. It would be the Pattern 1908 Cavalry Sword or 1912 Officers pattern which are still in service.Is this the work of our cavalryman from earlier in the story carrying the 1796 Heavy Cav?
That butchers blade is long gone. It would be the Pattern 1908 Cavalry Sword or 1912 Officers pattern which are still in service.
Alexander Fleming was commissioned in the R.A.M.C. in 1914 having served in the London Scottish Regiment of the Volunteer Force from 1900 - 1914.I am leaving some of these people unnamed as yet so you can enjoy the curiosity, or wonder why they might be significant or insignificant