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Memories of serving with the RAMC 14 Field Ambulance at Iserlohn and Munster in the BAOR


I have just spent some time reading the history of BMH Iserlohn and there is a small part missing. I was a member of 14 Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. 14 Field Ambulance was assembled at BMH Iserlohn in March 1951 to the Barracks just behind the hospital. We used the hospital NAAFI and being a unit of 140 plus we overwhelmed the staff of the hospital. I was only there for a few weeks before I returned to Crookham for demob. I remember meeting a lovely nurse there her name was Betty Plummer, in the few weeks that I was there. We went dancing together every Thursday evening at the YMCA in Iserlohn. Sadly we lost touch when I came home. I am still in touch with two ex-comrades from the 14 Field Ambulance RAMC.

It was a Field unit, totally separate from the BMH, we did not do any work in the hospital. We spent a large part of our time supporting Infantry Battalions out on exercises usually out at Sennelager Training area. My job was pay clerk and I was one of the first to be demobbed as I had already spent ten months at the Royal Herbert Military Hospital at Woolwich. Everyone else was seven months behind me. Our C.O. was Colonel Pryn and our Lt Quartermaster was the legendary Ex RSM Bryson from Crookham who really was quite a nice chap. I am still in contact over the internet with two my colleagues from those days. We are now all in our eighties, and though it was a long time ago, I remember those days vividly, in fact I thoroughly enjoyed my National Service. I did have a lot of photographs though they have got mislaid when we moved to the coast in 1988. There was one particular amusing thing that happened in the NAAFI. The Manageress got some trotters (pigs feet) and with northerners in the F.A. they went down a treat. So every Friday night it was trotters and chips with a pint of beer to wash our fingers in as trotters are very sticky.

We moved within a day or so to the Oxford Barracks in Munster, where we stayed till early 1952. We were part of 6 Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division - white cross keys on a black back ground. The Battalions were Royal Scots, Royal Scots Fusiliers, Somerset Light Infantry and the 6th Armoured Division came over from the UK. The 1st Armoured Field Ambulance took over our accommodation which was superb in comparison to Iserlohn which was rather dire. It is rather a coincidence but the two pals I am in contact with were the same people that accompanied me in the ambulance that took me to BMH Hamburg from manoeuvres near Luneburg, when I went down with Pneumonia in October 1952. I was docked for four weeks then sent home on leave for two weeks. I have many memories of my time over there most of them good. Talking of coincidences, my pal in London began working for London Ambulance Service when he left the Army. One day he was on an emergency call to an accident and when he arrived at the accident the Policeman controlling things turned out to be an ex 14 FA chap and they recognised each other.

Peter Birch.


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The Drummer Boy The Drummer Boy continues the adventures of QARANC nurse, Scott Grey, who has the special gift of seeing military ghosts. In this novel he is haunted by the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo. It is based on the legends of the Tidworth Military Hospital Drummer Boy.


Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War where I describe battlefield medical care of this era.


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