Friday, 3 May 2013

A Good Read: Stretcher Bearer!

Another good read to hit the shelves is this: 

Charles Horton (editor Dale Le Vack)
ISBN 978-0-7459-5566-7 |

One of the closest associations Chaplains have in conflict is that of working alongside the members of field hospitals as they care for the wounded and work to save lives. But all to often the unsung heroes of the Army Medical Services are missed out!

Whilst people will drone on endlessly about Special Forces or Para's and other fighting elements who in combat settings past, present and future fight for their lives: Here we have an account of people who fight for the lives of others!

In the first world war, many of those who were pacifists or felt that their religious beliefs meant that they could not take up arms volunteered to serve with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). One of these, Charles Horton, a survivor of the turmoil and carnage of three of the 'worst places outside of hell': Passchendaele, Ypres and the Somme, tells of the acts of heroism that saw men recovered from certain death in the most telling of circumstances.

The words on the cover put it like this:

'a wonderful authentic account of one man’s struggle to survive – and to keep others alive'

As one who is Chaplain to a Field Hospital I have to say that this book has left me even more in awe of those who I seek to serve and serve alongside.

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