DMS calls this locality on the map “TASMANIA” (verbal instructions 28/7/17).
1 A.C.C.S. War Diary for April 1918 ‘List of Appendices’ labels this sketch as ‘Plan of 1st Aust. C.C.S. at LA BELLE CROIX “TASMANIA” 36A F.4.b.9.4’. War Diary also indicates it is on the Meteren—Noote-Boom road, which is the secondary road it straddles (now called Route d’Estaires).
Sick/wounded admitted Jan/Feb/March – numbers shown; average of 724/month
Apr/May/June – avg 1,128/month (2,862 in June)
18.3.18 – 28.3.18: Heavy shelling near – unit not hit and shelling did not interfere with work.
28.3.18: Removal of unit started, owing to expected enemy attack. Everything carried out in an orderly manner. Huts and tents were taken down, transferred to new locality and erected as they arrived.
31.3.18: Remainder of patients evacuated to other CCS.
Diary, April 1918 – E. M. McCarthy – Matron-in-Chief
Probably built for No. 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station in 1917. Matches location of “Dug Out” marked on “Plan of Tasmania camp” and a shelter is mentioned in the Matron-in-Chief’s diary:
Here the work was very heavy during the mustard gas attacks in the Armentieres sector. In October 1917, Colonel Dick the O.C. was transferred to No.1 Australian General Hospital, and Lt.Col. Marks D.S.C. relieved him. On the afternoon of Sept.26th, the vicinity of the C.C.S. was shelled, and one fell at the back of the Officers’ ward, but fortunately did not explode. The patients were evacuated and the Sisters sent to No.2 C.C.S. for the afternoon, but returned later. After this, a concrete dug-out was built in the Sisters’ compound.
WORK AT THE AUSTRALIAN CASUALTY CLEARING STATIONS ON THE WESTERN FRONT – E. M. McCarthy – Matron-in-Chief
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