Medical supplies were held by Eastern Command Medical Stores, Bell Works, Herefield, Middlesex. The Officer Commanding Field Ambulance, who usually acted as Senior Medical Officer to Brigade, would then issue supplies to Medical Officers, ADS etc as necessary.
Below is a diagrammatical representation of the chain of evacuation of the wounded.
Administration procedures for casualties were as follows:
As a result of enemy action: to be telegraphed to War Office, Casualties Section and confirmed in writing the same day. Daily reports to be produced and submitted to Brigade HQ detailing the number of all ranks killed, wounded, missing or taken prisoner.
Not as a result of enemy action: Nominal roles to be submitted as above. A Court of Enquiry to be held to inquire into the cause of the fatality.
Arrangements were also made for burials. The procedures differed between normal state of affairs and under a state of operational conditions.
Under normal conditions the following civil cemeteries had special plots reserved for service burials:
Beccles Cemetery, Framlingham Cemetery, Bungay Cemetery, Debenham New Cemetery, Halesworth New Cemetery, Eye Cemetery, Bury St Edmunds Cemetery, Felixstowe New Cemetery, Hadleigh Cemetery, Ipswich Cemetery, Lowestoft Cemetery, Stowmarket Cemetery, Stowupland Cemetery, Stoke-by-Clare Cemetery, Woodbridge Cemetery, Lowestoft Normanton Drive cemetery, Lowestoft Kirkley Cemetery, Wickham Market Cemetery, Saxmundham Cemetery and East Bergholt Cemetery.
All units were expected to give the R.A.F any help as required in the burial of enemy dead airmen.
Under operational conditions, any burial place could be extended if necessary. Isolated graves were to be avoided (e.g. 6th King’s Own Scottish Borderers) and burials were to be concentrated in improvised cemeteries as far as possible. The principal factors governing the choice of cemetery were:
1) Ground along and existing cemetery or church
2) The site should not obstruct a right of way
3) If there is any choice the corner of a field (rather than the center) or poor quality land should be selected.
Enemy burials were to be dealt with in exactly the same way except that separate plots were to be used as far as was practical.
11 HLI papers, TNA
6th K.O.S.B papers, TNA
125 Brigade papers, TNA
R.A.M.C Training Pamphlet No.2, The War Office, 1943