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Mobilization of the 5th Field Ambulance

The Ambulance left for camp on Salisbury Plain on Sunday morning, but shortly after they had entrained at Blackheath, orders for for further movement were cancelled, and consequently they returned to headquarters at Vanisttart House, Greenwich Road. On Tuesday evening, in accordance with orders, they mobilized under the command of Lieut - Colonel Dowsett at Ranger's Lodge, Blackheath, there being only 7 absentees. Here they have most comfortable quarters, and to relieve the monotony of waiting there are drills in the courtyard and lectures on mobilization duties. Although no definite instructions have been received from the War Office it is anticipated that the Ambulance will move to Maidstone in a day or two.

Kentish Mercury 7 August 1914 ([/Mobilization of the 5th Field Ambulance

The Ambulance left for camp on Salisbury Plain on Sunday morning, but shortly after they had entrained at Blackheath, orders for for further movement were cancelled, and consequently they returned to headquarters at Vanisttart House, Greenwich Road. On Tuesday evening, in accordance with orders, they mobilized under the command of Lieut - Colonel Dowsett at Ranger's Lodge, Blackheath, there being only 7 absentees. Here they have most comfortable quarters, and to relieve the monotony of waiting there are drills in the courtyard and lectures on mobilization duties. Although no definite instructions have been received from the War Office it is anticipated that the Ambulance will move to Maidstone in a day or two.

Kentish Mercury 7 August 1914 view original])

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