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The Story of Shrouds Of The Somme.

The idea for the artwork behind the shrouds, in which figures representing the dead are laid out in rows on the grass, came to Somerset artist Rob Heard in 2013 while he was recovering from a car crash. He got thinking about military fatalities in history and how impossible it was to visualise the huge numbers involved, “I tried to count out loud the number killed in just one day at the Somme, but ran out of steam at about 1,500.” He realised he needed to ‘physicalise the number’.

Each of the 12 inch figures in a hand-stitched shroud is linked to a fatality at the Somme using records from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. “As I go through the process of putting the figure within the shroud, I cross a name off.  It’s vitally important that each is associated with a name, otherwise the individual gets lost in the numbers.

Find out more by vsiting the Shrouds of the Somme website www.shroudsofthesomme.com 

Annual Service at NMA 2017

 

Pont RemyAs I have mentioned in my Chairman’s Page, at the end of last year the Association received a message, via the contact form of the web site, inviting representatives of the RAMC to the 2016 Armistice Day commemorations of a small town called Pont-Remy on the river Somme. After discussion with the Representative Colonel Commandant and with the authorisation of the Board of Trustees of the RAMC Charity, the Association accepted the invitation and, after much planning, four members travelled to France.

 

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Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps Association has a website and facebook page. Link for their website is www.rnzamc.org.nz

Some years ago the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps became part of a tri-service organsation known as the Royal Canadian Medical Service. An association has been formed and the link to their website is

www.royalcdnmedicalsvc.ca

The Royal Australian Army Medical Corps Association has has a website for many years, for those unaware of its existance the link is www.raamc.org.au/web/index.php

 

254 Medical Regiment a role 1 hospital unit took part in Extercise Serpent Stretch at Barry Buddon. CLICK here to watch the Forces TV report. Meantime 204 Field Hospital were on a hospital exercise at an airfield in Yorkshire. CLICK here to view the report.

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1926, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 38 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.