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 War to the current day, as Army Medical Services personnel continue to serve across the globe as part of the British Army.

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.

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In case you missed it or if you want to watch it again again our online talk by Niall Cherry is now available to view on...
14/10/2021
Airborne Medics at Arnhem

In case you missed it or if you want to watch it again again our online talk by Niall Cherry is now available to view on our YouTube page. ‘Airborne Medics at Arnhem, the Story of the Medical Services in the 1st Airborne Division in World War Two’ can be found by clicking on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lid6bleX6jU

Keep your eyes peeled for details of the next talk coming soon!

‘Airborne Medics at Arnhem’An Illustrated Talk by Niall CherryOriginally delivered on Thursday 30 September 2021

PRESENTATION OR LEAVING GIFTS usually need to be ordered 3- 4 weeks in advance. Although we do have some items in stock....
05/10/2021

PRESENTATION OR LEAVING GIFTS usually need to be ordered 3- 4 weeks in advance. Although we do have some items in stock.
Call or email Bex to check availability.
01252 523176
[email protected]

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It's getting to that time of year were we will be needing our wooly jumpers!We have received a donation of two nearly ne...
28/09/2021

It's getting to that time of year were we will be needing our wooly jumpers!
We have received a donation of two nearly new maroon jumpers that we are selling for half the usual price! Only £50 each!
One is a size 34 (still has label tag attached) and one is a 36 and has RAMC buttons attached (worn once, in excellent condition).
If you would like to purchase these, please email Bex [email protected]

We do of course, have new ones in stock and more due in November, these can be bought here....
https://museumofmilitarymedicine.org.uk/product/jersey-maroon/

This book will be available to buy (£20) from the museum on the 11th October - if you would like to reserve a copy pleas...
27/09/2021

This book will be available to buy (£20) from the museum on the 11th October - if you would like to reserve a copy please email Bex.
[email protected]

A Voice from the trenches 1914-1918 from the diaries and sketches of Bernard Eyre Walker RAMC.

This book will be available to buy (£20) from the museum on the 11th October - if you would like to reserve a copy please email Bex.
[email protected]

A Voice from the trenches 1914-1918 from the diaries and sketches of Bernard Eyre Walker RAMC.

We found a stray copy of this book.Centenary History of 201 Field Hospital 1909-2009 If anyone would like to make a dona...
24/09/2021

We found a stray copy of this book.
Centenary History of 201 Field Hospital 1909-2009

If anyone would like to make a donation to the museum (plus P&P) then please email Bex at [email protected]

We found a stray copy of this book.
Centenary History of 201 Field Hospital 1909-2009

If anyone would like to make a donation to the museum (plus P&P) then please email Bex at [email protected]

We have been able to get a few more in stock and added an extra 4 copies of this book, now availble to buy online.https:...
22/09/2021
An Orderly Life -My Experiences in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Great European War by Charles W. Murray edited by George C. Murray & Karen Mckenzie

We have been able to get a few more in stock and added an extra 4 copies of this book, now availble to buy online.

https://museumofmilitarymedicine.org.uk/product/an-orderly-life-my-experiences-in-the-royal-army-medical-corps-during-the-great-european-war-by-charles-w-murray-edited-by-george-c-murray-karen-mckenzie/

Charles William Murray was born on the 12th January, 1895 in Alnwick, Northumberland. He attended the Duke’s School and worked as a clerk for a local firm of Maltsters. He served with the Ro…

In 2021 the RADC will be commemorating and celebrating 100 years since its formation in 1921. We have very little RADC 1...
21/09/2021

In 2021 the RADC will be commemorating and celebrating 100 years since its formation in 1921.

We have very little RADC 100 commemerative stock left.
If you wait...it will be too late!

https://museumofmilitarymedicine.org.uk/product-category/royal-army-dental-corps-100/

In 2021 the RADC will be commemorating and celebrating 100 years since its formation in 1921.

We have very little RADC 100 commemerative stock left.
If you wait...it will be too late!

https://museumofmilitarymedicine.org.uk/product-category/royal-army-dental-corps-100/

We are pleased to bring you our second installment into the life of Colonel J. A. Balck-Foote, a German national who ser...
13/09/2021

We are pleased to bring you our second installment into the life of Colonel J. A. Balck-Foote, a German national who served in the RAMC. His experiences are are documented in a number of typed manuscripts held at the museum, which has been posted here. This second installment charts his journey to Cape Town in 1901 and what he discovered there!

Motivated mainly by boredom of his home conditions and desire for adventure, Balck-Foote first volunteered as a civil surgeon in 1901 during the Second Boer War. He was to be posted to a military hospital in a suburb of Cape Town, and sailed accompanied by other surgeons on the 15th January. In his memoirs he describes his voyage as initially uneventful, however having reached St. Vincent on 27th January they heard of Queen Victoria’s death. He recalls the significance of the event, feeling as though it were an end of an era; few people alive could remember a ‘King’ of England. Arriving at Cape Town a few weeks later, it was in full mourning, with flags at half-mast and buildings draped in black.

He was posted to the military hospital in Woodstock, but was surprised by the conditions he found himself working in. The improvised hospital consisted of some stone buildings, huts and tents, but he was mostly struck by how it was ran; the supervision was ranked by seniority rather than experience, and lacked female nursing staff. Some wards had only one sister, others had none, and for the whole hospital of about 600 beds there was just one night sister. Compared to the standards he was used to in civilian hospitals, he considered it insufficient, but notes that the much-needed reforms brought in after the South African War brought military hospitals up to standards.

During his stay in Cape Town he met Rudyard Kipling who had a house near Woodstock; Balck-Foote in fact already knew his aunt, Edith Macdonald, a great friend of his who he met when studying at Edinburgh. Hearing he would be in Cape Town, she gave him a letter of introduction to Kipling and Balck-Foote visited his house in Claremont. Unfortunately, Kipling himself wasn’t there but he stayed and met his family, including his father, Lockwood Kipling. His disappointment was short-lived, for a chance encounter allowed them to meet; at the station that same day returning to Cape Town, he saw a man on the platform who looked exactly like the photos he’d seen. Grasping his opportunity, he asked if he was Kipling and introduced himself. He didn’t have long with him before his train arrived, and left Cape Town soon afterwards, so their interaction was brief.

It is perhaps curious now to imagine never having seen or heard of an animal so well-known as meerkats, but this was the case for Balck-Foote who first encountered them during this trip – an unexpected change of experiences for someone whose days consisted of treating patients. On receiving orders to travel to Aberdeen to treat 15 men injured in a scrap with a Boer Commando, he travelled by train around the mountains and onto a flat plain named The Great Karroo. In his amusing memoirs he recalls, ‘The most plentiful inhabitants are the so-called meercats. They are about the size of a large rat and covered with grey fur, fierce little beasts and not easily tamed. They have however an attractive habit of sitting up on their hind legs and exposing their stomachs to the sun.’

Our next installment will see Balck-Foote head to Aberdeen South Africa where he had chance encounters with many notable figures at the time! Stay tuned!

The next talk in our autumn series of lectures on Zoom has now been announced, ‘Airborne Medics at Arnhem, the Story of ...
07/09/2021

The next talk in our autumn series of lectures on Zoom has now been announced, ‘Airborne Medics at Arnhem, the Story of the Medical Services in the 1st Airborne Division in World War Two,’ to be delivered on Thursday 30 September 2021 at 7 p.m.

The speaker is Niall Cherry, who became interested in military history as a schoolboy after watching classic war films. He later found out that one of his grandfathers fought in the Great War, serving as a chemical corporal at Loos in 1915 and ended up as a Captain. His father served in the REME in the 1950s and Niall continued in the family tradition by serving in the RAMC. He qualified as a Combat Medical Technician Class 1 and an instructor in First Aid and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare. He is a longstanding member of the Western Front Association, secretary of the Arnhem 1944 Veterans’ Club, and a trustee of the Arnhem 1944 Fellowship. He has had 16 books published on the major conflicts of the 20th Century and has taken groups around various battlefields as a tour guide.

Please register in advance for this lecture:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrde-uqjspHt0hkiFcnT8Q8r2brRQkNGKb

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you all there!

The next talk in our autumn series of lectures on Zoom has now been announced, ‘Airborne Medics at Arnhem, the Story of the Medical Services in the 1st Airborne Division in World War Two,’ to be delivered on Thursday 30 September 2021 at 7 p.m.

The speaker is Niall Cherry, who became interested in military history as a schoolboy after watching classic war films. He later found out that one of his grandfathers fought in the Great War, serving as a chemical corporal at Loos in 1915 and ended up as a Captain. His father served in the REME in the 1950s and Niall continued in the family tradition by serving in the RAMC. He qualified as a Combat Medical Technician Class 1 and an instructor in First Aid and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare. He is a longstanding member of the Western Front Association, secretary of the Arnhem 1944 Veterans’ Club, and a trustee of the Arnhem 1944 Fellowship. He has had 16 books published on the major conflicts of the 20th Century and has taken groups around various battlefields as a tour guide.

Please register in advance for this lecture:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrde-uqjspHt0hkiFcnT8Q8r2brRQkNGKb

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you all there!

Last week Pete Starling, author of Mistaken Gallantry: The Medical Victoria Crosses (2021) gave an online talk exploring...
06/08/2021
A Tale of Two Doctors and Four VCs

Last week Pete Starling, author of Mistaken Gallantry: The Medical Victoria Crosses (2021) gave an online talk exploring the stories behind the Victoria Crosses awarded to Arthur Martin Leake (1874-1953) and Noel Chavasse (1884-1917).

In case you missed it or if you want to watch again, you can find the talk located on our YouTube page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2oxYZ5-trY

Since it was established in 1856, the Victoria Cross has been the highest honour for bravery. Of the many hundreds of Victoria Crosses awarded, just three pe...

03/08/2021

Apologies but The Museum of Military Medicine will be closed today.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

We are pleased to announce a free online lecture by Pete Starling MA, DHMSA, FRHistS, a former Director of the Museum of...
05/07/2021

We are pleased to announce a free online lecture by Pete Starling MA, DHMSA, FRHistS, a former Director of the Museum of Military Medicine and author of numerous books and papers on military medical history including his most recent book, 'Mistaken Gallantry: The Medical Victoria Crosses' (2021).

https://museumofmilitarymedicine.org.uk/product/mistaken-gallantry-the-medical-victorian-crosses-by-peter-starling/

Those wishing to attend, please register in advance at the following address whereby joining information will be emailed out. We look forward to seeing you all there!

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkc-6qrzsoE93bmqMXw6gQh91GukI8N-wL

We are pleased to announce a free online lecture by Pete Starling MA, DHMSA, FRHistS, a former Director of the Museum of Military Medicine and author of numerous books and papers on military medical history including his most recent book, 'Mistaken Gallantry: The Medical Victoria Crosses' (2021).

https://museumofmilitarymedicine.org.uk/product/mistaken-gallantry-the-medical-victorian-crosses-by-peter-starling/

Those wishing to attend, please register in advance at the following address whereby joining information will be emailed out. We look forward to seeing you all there!

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkc-6qrzsoE93bmqMXw6gQh91GukI8N-wL

26/06/2021

Happy Armed Forces day to all past and present in the Army Medical Services!

Thank you for your hard work and dedication again during these challenging times.

Did you know there was a German born national serving as a Doctor within the RAMC during the late 19th / early 20th cent...
25/06/2021

Did you know there was a German born national serving as a Doctor within the RAMC during the late 19th / early 20th century?

This is the story of Colonel J. A. Balck-Foote who retired from the RAMC in 1928. Balck-Foote was born in 1874 to a German father and an English mother, brought up bilingual, developing a strong affinity with Britain, taking British nationality in 1902.

He studied medicine at Edinburgh, graduating in 1899. His career saw him attached to the British Army during the Boer War after which he joined the RAMC. During his career with the RAMC he was posted to all corners of the world including India, Ireland (during the 1916 Easter Rising) and Sierra Leone.

Due to his German identity he reveals his anguish about not being posted to the Western Front during the First World War. He served under the name of ‘Balck’ but later added his mother’s maiden name of ‘Foote’ when he retired and went into private practice.

His collection contains typed memoirs (which mention Cecil Rhodes and Rudyard Kipling!) and the many photographs he took whilst serving across the world.

Enjoy these sneak peeks and look out for more posts in the coming weeks as we chart his extraordinary career.

Following the loosening of Covid restrictions, the Museum of Military Medicine will open to the public once more on Mond...
04/06/2021

Following the loosening of Covid restrictions, the Museum of Military Medicine will open to the public once more on Monday 7 June 2021.

For the moment we are restricted to six visitors at any one time and will be operating a timed entry schedule.

To visit the museum you will need to book in advance by calling 01252 868612.

Opening times are 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m, Monday to Friday.

Track and Trace procedures are in place and face coverings must be worn throughout the duration of your visit unless you are medically exempt. There are social distancing measures around the museum for your safety, don't forget your photo ID as well to be able to sign in at the front gate!

We look forward to welcoming visitors and supporters back to the museum

Following the loosening of Covid restrictions, the Museum of Military Medicine will open to the public once more on Monday 7 June 2021.

For the moment we are restricted to six visitors at any one time and will be operating a timed entry schedule.

To visit the museum you will need to book in advance by calling 01252 868612.

Opening times are 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m, Monday to Friday.

Track and Trace procedures are in place and face coverings must be worn throughout the duration of your visit unless you are medically exempt. There are social distancing measures around the museum for your safety, don't forget your photo ID as well to be able to sign in at the front gate!

We look forward to welcoming visitors and supporters back to the museum

Looking for something new to read? Why not check out a new book in the museum shop!Mistaken Gallantry: The Medical Victo...
04/05/2021

Looking for something new to read? Why not check out a new book in the museum shop!

Mistaken Gallantry: The Medical Victoria Crosses
By Peter Starling

The Victoria Cross, the nation’s highest award for gallantry, was instituted in 1856 and since that date forty medical personnel of the army and navy of Great Britain and its former empire have received this award. Of that number, two have received the award twice and a further one was recommended for a second award but turned it down. Who were these gallant men of many nationalities, including one American doctor, and why did they put their lives in extreme danger and in some cases lose their lives to save others, in the majority of cases their only protection being a Red Cross armband?

These were just ordinary men, all but three of them doctors and for the first time their lives are explored in the new book by former museum director Pete Starling Mistaken Gallantry: The Medical Victoria Crosses which is available only from the museum shop.

Also included in the story of one Victoria Cross not presented to an individual but to the Army Medical Services as a whole, when, on 19 May 1856, Queen Victoria placed a Victoria Cross beneath the foundation stone of the new military hospital at Netley on Southampton Water. This VC is now on display at the museum.

The book is priced at £14.99, and can be ordered from the museum shop.

https://museumofmilitarymedicine.org.uk/product/mistaken-gallantry-the-medical-victorian-crosses-by-peter-starling/

Looking for something new to read? Why not check out a new book in the museum shop!

Mistaken Gallantry: The Medical Victoria Crosses
By Peter Starling

The Victoria Cross, the nation’s highest award for gallantry, was instituted in 1856 and since that date forty medical personnel of the army and navy of Great Britain and its former empire have received this award. Of that number, two have received the award twice and a further one was recommended for a second award but turned it down. Who were these gallant men of many nationalities, including one American doctor, and why did they put their lives in extreme danger and in some cases lose their lives to save others, in the majority of cases their only protection being a Red Cross armband?

These were just ordinary men, all but three of them doctors and for the first time their lives are explored in the new book by former museum director Pete Starling Mistaken Gallantry: The Medical Victoria Crosses which is available only from the museum shop.

Also included in the story of one Victoria Cross not presented to an individual but to the Army Medical Services as a whole, when, on 19 May 1856, Queen Victoria placed a Victoria Cross beneath the foundation stone of the new military hospital at Netley on Southampton Water. This VC is now on display at the museum.

The book is priced at £14.99, and can be ordered from the museum shop.

https://museumofmilitarymedicine.org.uk/product/mistaken-gallantry-the-medical-victorian-crosses-by-peter-starling/

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