THE WORK OF THE VOLUNTARY AID DETACHMENT (VAD) IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR
Medical Officers quarters at No.2 Stationary Hospital Abbeville.
Each Infantry Division had 3 Field Ambulances attached. A chain of medical establishments stretching from the front line back to hospitals in England was established wherever the British Army was deployed. If an injury could not be sufficiently attended to by the Regimental Aid post (first in the chain), the next stage was the Field Ambulance who were also responsible for a number of evacuation points (e.g Casualty Clearing Station). General and Stationary hospitals were the last stop on the casualty evacuation chain.
General hospitals were stationed close to railways to facilitate the movement of casualties from Casualty Clearing Stations.