Army Veterinary Corps 1915

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    World War One; military; animals; medicine. Army Veterinary Corps treat injured horses. Men in stable groom horses: one rinses soap off a horse with water from a hose; while a boy pumps the water. A horse tied up to a brace between 2 trees; with several men beside; blacksmith in long apron bends over by horse. The the blacksmith files back hoof of horse.

    Lovely shot of the Corps posing together; in rows; then pan across the group; most in Army uniforms; 3 in white coats; 1 with sleeves up. CU section of the group; 3 soldiers fooling around; making jokes; laughing; looking very young; someone throws a crumpled piece of paper past. All the faces very clear - if you have family who served in this corps they will be recognisable in this film!

    Veterinarian bandages horse's hoof; 2 other men help; 1 holds leg up; other pets and calms the animal. Next; the vet bandages horse's head with help from assistant. More of the scene of bandaging ankle; vet finishes; pats horse; man leads horse off. One man stands holding horse's lead rope. Another ties rope round rear leg; as 2 men in white with army hats get in on the action. One of the white-coated vets changes bandage on horse's ankle while soldier holds horse's leg up with the rope. CU vet putting new bandage on over dressing with help from other guy in white; horse jerks a few times. Vet ties the bandage.

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  • My great grandfather is here in a white coat bandaging a fetlock! He was with the Army Veterinary Corps SE/22434 during WW1 stationed in Hampshire at a training depot. Before the war he was a groom then tailor. His father was a coachman. The Army Veterinary Service was founded in 1796 by public demand, outraged that more Army horses were being lost by ignorance and poor farriery than at the hands of the enemy. Parliamentary debate and media attention obliged the Committee of General Officers to take positive action and the Army Veterinary Service was born 'to improve the practice of Farriery in the Corps of Cavalry'. A Principal, Professor Edward Coleman, was appointed and graduates of the London Veterinary School, of which Coleman was the Head, began to be recruited to the regiments of cavalry. John Shipp was the first veterinary surgeon commissioned into the Army. He joined the 11th Light Dragoons on 25 June 1796, a date now recognised as the Foundation Day of the RAVC - John Shipp Day.

    darwineurope 15th Jan 2013

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