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Article about: Looking for information on this medics bag. It appears to be British, but I cannot find any reference to it online. The stencil on the back reads "23rd ELFA" any info would be grea

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    Looking for information on this medics bag. It appears to be British, but I cannot find any reference to it online. The stencil on the back reads "23rd ELFA" any info would be greatly appreciated





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    A nice example of the WW1 British stretcher bearers medics bag.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    This is purely a stab in the dark, so don't take it as being accurate! The last two letters might stand for 'Field Ambulance.' The 23rd Field Ambulance were part of 7th Division during WW1. 'Field Ambulance' doesn't mean ambulances as we think of them these days either. If you look on the RAMC websites you find all the information you need on the organisation and workings of the Field Ambulance during WW1.

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    2nd/3rd East Lancashire Field Ambulance

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    It was the '23rd' which threw me! I considered the East Lancashire Field Ambulance, but ruled it out because of '23rd'. There was a book published in 1930 on the history of the 2/3rd ELFA... 'History Of The 2/3rd East Lancashire Field Ambulance, The Story Of A 3rd Line Territorial Unit.' The war diaries are also available at the National Archives.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Thanks for the replies! I do not normally collect British items, But I figured this was worth picking up. Does anyone have any idea on it's value?


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    Here is a pic of the back of a post card I found on another site, I'm assuming the white "A" above 23rd ELFA means A section?


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    I would say you are correct.
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