Field Ambulance at full strength

A few days ago it was announced that the Eastern Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, which has its headquarters in Grove Road, Luton, had vacancies for 22 well-educated men for water duties with the various units composing the Eastern Mounted Brigade, which is at present at its war station somewhere in East Anglia.

These men have already been obtained and once again the Field Ambulance, as well as the new reserve unit formed since the commencement of the war, is in a position to state that no more recruits are required.

Water duty men look after the water supply of a unit, clarify and make it fit for drinking whe nsuch a process is necessary, and assist the medical officer of the regiment in his work. It is necessary, therefore, that they shall be men possessed of a certain amount of initiative, and able to deal with matters of importance when the medical officer is not available. The work carries a fair pay when men are returned as efficient, and of the 22 six can be corporals.

The names of the recruits are:

Anderson B.

Cullins A.

Davis J. R.

Ephgrave A.

Ford A. P.

Frost A. J.

Godfrey H.

Goodman S.

Hale S.

Hollinshead W.

Howell G.

Leete A. R.

Matthews G.

Mead A.

Mead T. W.

Odell B. J.

Reynolds H. J.

Smith H. G.

Whittemore H. J.

Wiles F.

Worboys A.

The reserve unit, the training of which is being carried on in Luton, is gradually getting clothed. Boots for all the men have arrived, and the clothing is expected in a few days. Medical stores, however, are likely to be much longer in arriving.

Training is going on as usual. The only difference which has been made is that the men now turn out at 6.30 instead of 6 am, the same number of hours per day being put in.

A voluntary Swedish drill class in held in the evenings. A sports club has been started, the equipment including boxing gloves, a punch ball, footballs etc. The footballers have done exceedingly well. They have won one match by 10 goals to one, and on Saturday the second team beat a team representing the Divisional Brigade Field Ambulance by six goals to one.

[The Luton News, October 22nd, 1914]