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The Museum of Military Medicine

The Museum of Military Medicine The museum tells the story of army medicine and healthcare, human and animal, from the English Civil

The army has been at the forefront of medical, dental,veterinary and nursing care since 1660. The museum shows the contribution made by the army in these four sciences.

Operating as usual

The museum will be closed tomorrow Monday 19th September for the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II.We hope you will join ...
18/09/2022

The museum will be closed tomorrow Monday 19th September for the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

We hope you will join our volunteers and staff as we pay our respects to the Queen and her selfless dedication to our nation.

The weekend is here!! We are open tomorrow! 9.30am to 3.30pm
09/09/2022

The weekend is here!! We are open tomorrow!
9.30am to 3.30pm

The Queen has been at the forefront of our minds today, it is with gratitude we have been remembering her unwavering sup...
09/09/2022

The Queen has been at the forefront of our minds today, it is with gratitude we have been remembering her unwavering support and loyalty to all of our armed services.
I have spoken to lots of people today, many of whom have had a story to tell of meeting 'Her Majesty' or the impact she has had whilst being 'The Boss' to serving personnel. It has been an honour to hear them and so I am asking if any more of you have a story or two to share with us? Bex

Welcome to our 4th instalment about the life of former civil surgeon Balck-Foote as we chart his extraordinary career be...
01/09/2022

Welcome to our 4th instalment about the life of former civil surgeon Balck-Foote as we chart his extraordinary career beginning in 1901, when he was posted to Aberdeen, South Africa, to assist during the second Boer War. This post recounts further experiences Balck-Foote had during his time in Aberdeen when attacks and fighting involving the Boers were continuing. You can read the previous instalments on our page.

An unfortunate incident occurred on June 10th which Balck-Foote writes ‘left a nasty taste in most men’s mouths,’ and after which further chaos ensued with the Boers. A column had arrived early in the morning to attack some Boers in the mountains, which with their wooded gorges formed an ideal hiding spot for them. Balck-Foote and the resident magistrate rode out in the afternoon to observe the fighting when they met a man ‘galloping for all he was worth’ towards Aberdeen. Upon stopping him to find out the reason for his hasty advance, the man revealed only that his officer was in difficulty and that he had been sent back for help. They wished him luck and a short while later had dismounted and were sitting on a hill as they watched the column filing past on its return. It had later appeared that the officer had been ordered to examine a particular farm but had exceeded instructions, gone further than he should, and fallen into a trap. After deliberation from the column commander, he decided it was too late to do anything and the march back to Aberdeen was resumed. The following day the survivors of the officer’s party came in, bringing with them the bodies of the officer and a sergeant.

Only a month later, Balck-Foote experienced an eventful day; he awoke to hear news that Aberdeen Road Station was attacked and burned to the ground by the Boers, with an estimated damage of £20,000 – 30,000. In his typed memoirs, Balck-Foote attributed this potentially preventable incident to the ‘penny wise, pound foolish’ mentality of the authorities who refused to install a blockhouse in the grounds and put a garrison there to guard the station. The same evening, a staff officer received an anonymous note on his table when returning to his office saying that a local rebel was hiding in a certain house in the town. Taking his clerk and a few soldiers with him, the officer advanced to capture him, but on arriving at the location discovered the house and grounds were too large to surround with only three men. He sent the soldiers back for reinforcements, but whilst waiting for them to return a Boer suddenly leapt out of another garden and took a pot shot at the officer, hit him, and swiftly vanished into the growing dusk. Balck-Foote was sent for to find him, with the officer swearing and bleeding profusely, but not gravely injured. Later that night, 15 men from the town joined the rebels; another man was sniped at the following day, and telegraph posts and wires were cut down meaning they were ‘cut off from the world’ for some time.

Stay tuned for our next post, which will follow more of Balck-Foote’s experiences as a civil surgeon as he travels to many new places, including St. Lucia and Gibraltar.

The Museum will be closed this bank holiday Monday. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
29/08/2022

The Museum will be closed this bank holiday Monday.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

A very interesting chronology of the Army Medical Services - £12.
28/08/2022

A very interesting chronology of the Army Medical Services - £12.

Who would be interested in a traditional deckchair with you corps colours TRF style? They would be approx. £95, the more...
27/08/2022

Who would be interested in a traditional deckchair with you corps colours TRF style?
They would be approx. £95, the more I order, the less they will cost!
Email Bex on
[email protected]

Today on National Dog Day we wanted to share a snippet of the story of this incredible duo, Buster the dog and Danny his...
26/08/2022

Today on National Dog Day we wanted to share a snippet of the story of this incredible duo, Buster the dog and Danny his handler.
Buster was a rescue dog from Battersea cats and dogs home before he was trained by Sgt Danny Morgan (RAVC) to search for weapons and ammunition. He unearthed a huge hidden cache of arms and bomb making equipment in Iraq.
Sgt Morgan & Buster saved 100’s of lives!
Buster was the 60th recipient of the Dicken Medal (the animals VC!)

Today is International day of Medical Transporters, we felt it was fitting to share some photos of our old and newer Arm...
20/08/2022

Today is International day of Medical Transporters, we felt it was fitting to share some photos of our old and newer Army Medical Transport vehicles.
International day of Medical Transporters was founded in WW1 by the Royal Army Medical Corp as a way to thank our ambulance and stretcher teams.

When past & present meet!! Available to purchase on line.
19/08/2022

When past & present meet!!
Available to purchase on line.

Blood and Bandages is a first-hand account of how a Royal Army Medical Corps Field Ambulance operated during the Second ...
13/08/2022

Blood and Bandages is a first-hand account of how a Royal Army Medical Corps Field Ambulance operated during the Second World War.
Signed copies available to buy

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Take a look at the museum shop!
05/08/2022

Take a look at the museum shop!

Do we have any artists in the Army Medical services. I would love to have some Corps Christmas cards made up from design...
02/08/2022

Do we have any artists in the Army Medical services.
I would love to have some Corps Christmas cards made up from designs by serving or retired personnel. Email me (Bex) if you have any ideas.
shop[email protected]

Just a little reminder that we do hold a small amount of second hand (uniform, service, blues & mess) here at the museum...
30/07/2022

Just a little reminder that we do hold a small amount of second hand (uniform, service, blues & mess) here at the museum. We can not tell you what sizes we have over the phone but you can make an appointment to come in, have a look and try on!
We sell a full kit for £300. Individual items vary in price.
Email [email protected]

Who would be interested in a traditional deckchair with you corps colours TRF style? They would be approx. £95, the more...
29/07/2022

Who would be interested in a traditional deckchair with you corps colours TRF style?
They would be approx. £95, the more I order, the less they will cost!
Email Bex on
[email protected]

Do we have any budding artists in the Army Medical services. I would love to have some Corps Christmas cards made up fro...
28/07/2022

Do we have any budding artists in the Army Medical services. I would love to have some Corps Christmas cards made up from designs by serving or retired personnel. Email me (Bex) if you have any ideas.
[email protected]

Great for BBQ's and parties!
26/07/2022

Great for BBQ's and parties!


A small selection of our PRI
24/07/2022

A small selection of our PRI

Do you have an old uniform???Look at what can be created!! The prices are if you supply your own uniform to upcycle.Back...
23/07/2022

Do you have an old uniform???
Look at what can be created!!
The prices are if you supply your own uniform to upcycle.

Backpack: £150

Clutch purse with chain strap: £30

Teddy Bear: £50

Medal wallet: £25

Small holdall: £175

Cushion: £45

Footstool: £85

QARANC Association Lapel pin now in stock. Take  look in the shop!
19/07/2022

QARANC Association Lapel pin now in stock. Take look in the shop!

18/07/2022

An amazing book of photographs from the last combat field hospital deployed to Afghanistan
17/07/2022

An amazing book of photographs from the last combat field hospital deployed to Afghanistan

Olive green tshirts are back in stock!
16/07/2022

Olive green tshirts are back in stock!

15/07/2022

Old Boys Tie!!!
11/07/2022

Old Boys Tie!!!

RADC Centenary Party! 🍻 🥂
02/07/2022

RADC Centenary Party! 🍻 🥂

As of today, HRH The Duke of Gloucester has been the Colonel-in-Chief of the RAMC for 19 years.This week HRH The Duke of...
01/07/2022

As of today, HRH The Duke of Gloucester has been the Colonel-in-Chief of the RAMC for 19 years.
This week HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited the Chelsea Pensioners to open the RAMC garden, our director Jason was also in attendance.

Pampeano polo belts - we have a choice of two designs. Which do you prefer A or B?Let me know!
24/06/2022

Pampeano polo belts - we have a choice of two designs. Which do you prefer A or B?
Let me know!

Happy Corps Day to all in the RAMC past and present. We hope you enjoy your special day. In Arduis Fidelis
23/06/2022

Happy Corps Day to all in the RAMC past and present. We hope you enjoy your special day. In Arduis Fidelis

Pampeano polo belts - we have a choice of two designs. Which do you prefer A or B?Let me know!
19/06/2022

Pampeano polo belts - we have a choice of two designs. Which do you prefer A or B?
Let me know!

We will have these Pampeano polo belts available to purchase online from next week - They were only in store 20 minutes ...
17/06/2022

We will have these Pampeano polo belts available to purchase online from next week - They were only in store 20 minutes and we sold two!! We have RAMC, QARANC and RAVC.
RADC is being designed and you can chose which you prefer......watch this space!

Over the last couple of years the BDA Museum has run an appeal for the donation of dental ties. This has resulted in a c...
14/06/2022

Over the last couple of years the BDA Museum has run an appeal for the donation of dental ties. This has resulted in a collection for their Museum which currently stands at 230 different ties from various dental organisations from across the UK including some RADC and other military examples. The success of this appeal has prompted our own museum to look at its own holding of Corps related ties which, unfortunately, they have found to be particularly sparse! Consequently they are now appealing to all current and former members of the Corps to see if they have any Corps related ties, bow ties or ladies scarves hidden at the back of wardrobes or drawers that they might consider donating to the museum. With examples such as the 250 Club, RADC Association and numerous Dental Group ties along with other official/semi-official examples from Corps related sports teams or other groups, these ties represent various aspects of the Corps history and organisation and are particularly suited to museum display and help tell the Corps’ story.


Whilst not attempting to rival the BDA’s impressive collection, our museum would like to acquire as complete a set of RADC related ties as possible. If you can help and are able to donate an appropriate tie/bow tie/scarf then please contact one of the Museum’s staff, Rob or David by either phone on 01252 523176 or by e-mail: [email protected]

Any assistance in completing this collection would be gratefully appreciated.

If you happen to be in the Lincolnshire area do go and check out the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum  who have a numbe...
06/06/2022

If you happen to be in the Lincolnshire area do go and check out the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum who have a number of RAVC items from our own collection on display as part of their 'Animals at War' exhibition. The exhibition is open now until December.

https://www.heartoflincs.com/cranwell

01/06/2022

Just a quick note to our visitors, we will be closed this Bank Holiday Thursday and Friday so our volunteers and staff can celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. 👑

We hope you all have a safe and happy weekend!

When past & present meet!! Available to purchase on line.
27/05/2022

When past & present meet!!
Available to purchase on line.

We have just taken another batch of these beautiful purses!! We have RAMC, QARANC and RADC purses in stock. Each bag is ...
23/05/2022

We have just taken another batch of these beautiful purses!! We have RAMC, QARANC and RADC purses in stock. Each bag is hand crafted and so no two will be the same. They do all have poppy print lining though 🥰

A Voice from the Trenches 1914 – 18: From the Diaries and Sketchbook of Bernard Eyre Walker (Paperback) available on lin...
21/05/2022

A Voice from the Trenches 1914 – 18: From the Diaries and Sketchbook of Bernard Eyre Walker (Paperback) available on line. We only have 3 copies left.

Only 14 days to go!! We thought some of you might be interested in this toolkit - link in comments!
18/05/2022

Only 14 days to go!! We thought some of you might be interested in this toolkit - link in comments!

RADC pocket square
14/05/2022

RADC pocket square

A very interesting chronology of the Army Medical Services - £12. Small amount of stock so be quick!!
12/05/2022

A very interesting chronology of the Army Medical Services - £12. Small amount of stock so be quick!!

A small selection of our PRI
30/04/2022

A small selection of our PRI

Personalised Corps mugs available.£10 each,  with a 7 day turn around.     🐾
22/04/2022

Personalised Corps mugs available.
£10 each, with a 7 day turn around.

🐾

Tonight at 7pm is the final lecture in our mini-series on 'Treating the Enemy' in partnership with the Arts and Humaniti...
12/04/2022

Tonight at 7pm is the final lecture in our mini-series on 'Treating the Enemy' in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research project, Enemy Encounters.

Tonight's lecture is with David Vassallo (military Surgeon, historian and Chairman of the Friend of Millbank) and Asma Khalifa (activist and researcher) and the Re-Live Team.

The lecture starts tonight at 7pm, please register in advance at

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lcu-sqT0vHNbK7z8lWdAcqbF9N-KF9lKp

We hope to see you all there!

We hope you have been enjoying our recent series of lectures, separate to our mini-series we also have David Vassallo sp...
06/04/2022

We hope you have been enjoying our recent series of lectures, separate to our mini-series we also have David Vassallo speaking tomorrow at 7pm for an illustrated talk on

"Military Medical Revolution: How the Defence Medical Services, transformed in conflict, 1990-2015'.

Please register in advance of this talk at the following address, we hope to se you all there!

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ucuGqqzsrHtEp7Vhu_CIq9SKnikkBeLJH

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Keogh Barracks, ASH Vale
Aldershot
GU125RQ

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Good evening everyone, I am a student of the University of Naples in Italy and I am conducting a historical research on the Mostra D'Oltremare of Fuorigrotta (Naples) in the period of the Second World War, in particular when the Americans occupied the exhibition with the 21st and 15th General Hospital of the Medical Museum and Arts Service (MAMAS) and I would need historical photos, if there were any, (aerial photos, from inside etc) of this site and relative to those years (from 1943 to 1950, in particularly during the bombings by the allies) as there are few or almost none on the web, photographic evidence, as I am trying to reconstruct the architectural changes that have taken place. If anyone had photos and testimonies from that period or knew how to direct me to a more targeted research, it would be of great help to conclude my thesis.
Thank you very much for your attention 🥰
The Museum of Military Medicine is based at Keogh Barracks in Surrey. It tells the story of army medicine and healthcare (both human and animal) from the English Civil War to the current day, as British Army Medical Services personnel continue to serve across the world.

As well as this being a very interesting and well curated museum housing many fascinating items and displays, I was particularly pleased to see how much female militaria and how many women's stories feature throughout the museum. These photographs are of some of the items of particular interest. Some photos aren't the best due to reflections from the glass but viewed on a larger screen should be clearer. They are generally in chronological era from nursing in the English Civil War to modern day.
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Our thanks to the museum for their help during our research.

Stay safe

Anne and Damian

A small batch of QARANC and RAMC clutch bags heading off to The Museum of Military Medicine 😁😁 they will be available in their gift shop and website
Hello everyone. I wonder if any of your members can identify the building called "Idsall" as it was during WW1? All the people in the photo appear to be medical orderlies and it may have been a staff photo? My grandfather appears in the photo but I can't see if he has any badges. see below. What was "Idsall"?

My grandfather Francis Herbert Stroud served with the 126th Brigade; 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment. I believe they were part of the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. What was his connection to the R.A.M.C.?

Name: Francis Herbert Stroud
Rank: Private
Regimental Number: 242051

Francis Herbert Stroud was born in Snodland, Kent on 14th November 1885.

Francis and his older brother Robert James both moved to Haslemere, Surrey between 1901 and 1911. They both worked in the building trade and found employment in the area.
Francis was a member of the St. John Ambulance, Haslemere Fire Brigade and the Haslemere Town Band.

He enlisted on the 19 January 1915 in Guildford, Surrey.
I have found a record for him but this just confuses things as the record has him as follows, Francis Herbert Stroud Kings Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment No: 20277 8th Battalion. If I read his Discharge Documents correctly he was transferred on 6th March 1916 from the 3rd K.O.R.L.? And joined the East Lancashire Regiment. The document is difficult to follow at times.

I have two military photographs of him. The first was taken outside a property called “Idsall”. He is in the middle row 3rd from the left, behind the lady with the white blouse holding the dog. Other members of the group are wearing the R.A.M.C. badge, but I can’t make out what Francis is wearing. Perhaps it was taken after his training was completed?

The next the document I have are Francis’s Discharge Documents that says he was a R.A.M.C. attested Private receiving 5th Rate Corp Pay R.A.M.C. In the documents he calls himself Infantry/Soldier.
This document also records that he was appointed acting unpaid Lance Corporal on 14th December 1915. And also records that this was relinquished on 19th July 1918.

I have had some difficulty in understanding how he was employed in the Army, taking in his link to the R.A.M.C. I am afraid I am new to the military and I am unsure how the different services interacted and were recorded.

Do you think that with my grandfathers St. John background he may have served as some sort of medic/stretcher bearer? Perhaps he was trained in field dressings etc. I have struggled with this query for a while. What was the connection to the R.A.M.C. He is described as being attached to the 1/5 and the 11th East Lancashire 92nd Trench Mortar Battery. As a medical orderly I would have expected to find him attached to a field ambulance, casualty clearing stations or one of the field hospitals.

The next photograph shows Francis following his promotion to Acting Unpaid Lance Corporal front row 2nd from the right. I am again unsure of the location. Scarbro?

Francis served in the following countries.

Egypt March 1916 to March 1917 Embarked at Devonport 8th March 1916. Defending the Suez Canal.
France/Belgium March 1916 to April 1918.
Francis was wounded in the field on the 3rd April 1918 at Ablanzeville during the Kaiser offensive during March and April 1918. He was transferred to the V.A.D. Hospital at Higham, Kent to recover.
France/Belgium July 1918 to 13th February 1919. Re-joined and was transferred to the 11th East Lancashire Regiment (Accrington Pals). And served in the 92nd Trench Mortar Battery for the last few months of the war.

Any help, comments or advice for further research would be appreciated.
I recently made a couple of clutch purses for The Museum of Military Medicine - well, so many people loved them I had to make a few more 😁😁😁😊 a lovely mix of QARANC (Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps) in Mess Dress and Number 2 Service Dress uniform, RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) mess dress, and even a cheeky RAF purse for one of their lovely customers! Phew, that kept me busy for a bit, and there's plans to make a few more, with a slightly different look, in the New Year 😍

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Have you seen out latest exhibition? 🖼

On display in the Blue Hackle Room on the second floor of the Museum is an exciting touring exhibition on loan from the The Museum of Military Medicine focussing on the Royal Army Dental Corps 🦷

Open until the 23rd January.
Visited the museum today and thought it very interesting. However as a past member of the RAMC staff band I was bitterly disappointed that a section of the corps that had been in existence for 127 years has been totally excluded. I travelled quite a distance for the visit and was so underwhelmed. I have spoken to many ex members and they totally agree.
What a glowing review!

New soldiers to Central Ammunition Depot Nesscliff in the Second World War were given this handbook upon their arrival to the depot, containing useful tips and hints to help them settle into working at the depot.

The handbook also endeavoured to inform RAOC personnel about what they might expect when working with fellow soldiers from other Corps in the British Army.

It could be said that these summaries may have been a little biased!
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This week Alex finishes his 4 week summer job at the Museum of Military Medicine, before moving to our house in Wales and starting college.

Really proud that both my sons have worked at our Corps Museum.

He’s had a great time working in all areas of the Museum, and a big thank you to Jason, David, Rob, Becks and the volunteers for making him so welcome and working him hard!

🇬🇧IAF🇦🇲
The new site of the The Museum of Military Medicine in Cardiff has been granted planning approval. Take a look at the link below to find out more
Captain Noel Chavasse was a doctor, olympic athlete and British Army Officer. He is only 1 of 3 people who have been awarded the Victoria Cross twice. His first honour came at the Somme, and his second at Passchendaele which cost him his life. He was also selected to run the 400m for Britain at the 1908 London Olympic games but was knocked out in the heats.

In June 1915 he was awarded a Military Cross after 12 hours rescuing casualties at Ypres. In August 1916 he was awarded his first Victoria Cross for saving around 20 men while wounded at Guillemot on the Somme.

In the first attack on Passchendaele on 31st July 1917, Noel was hit in the head but refused to leave and despite a serious head wound he ventured into no man’s land to treat the wounded.

On the 2nd August 1917, Noel’s first aid post was hit by a shell, causing serious injury. He received several more wounds which included a large abdominal wound, he was treated by his own stretcher bearers, a co-located RMO and evacuated to 32 Casualty Clearing Station, where he was operated on, but sadly he died on 4th August, aged 32. He was then awarded the second Victoria cross which makes his headstone unique to be one of the only headstones that have two VC’s on.




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