Casualty Clearing Station No. 3                  (See below for list of Recommended Reading.)

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As a group of historical reenactors we seek to accurately portray a First World War Canadian Casualty Clearing Station.  Our unit consists of individuals committed to a high standard of authenticity.  

We are affiliated with the Canadian Military Heritage Society and also have membership in The Great War Association.

There is a 100 acre parcel of land set aside near Newville Pennsylvania which has established front line opposing trenches.  No Man's Land features shell holes and craters with barbed wire and other obstacles strewn about.  The landscape is reminiscent of 1917 - 1918 and this is where we reenact The Great War.

Canadian Nursing Sisters were not nuns.  They were trained professional nurses and Commissioned Officers in the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

Medical Officers, Dentists, Medical Orderlies, Stretcher Bearers, and Chaplains rounded out the medical staffing roster of a Casualty Clearing Station.

There was also always on hand a corps of labourers in the form of VD convalescents.  These men had contracted venereal disease but were deemed fit for duty at the Casualty Clearing Stations in a variety of support roles.  It was this body of men who loaded and unloaded the wagons and light rail cars and who set up and dismantled these mobile field hospitals.  Among other things they also dug latrines and ensured adequate drainage on site.

Recommended Reading:

A very good start would be this first selection - WOUNDED.  The book covers a broad spectrum of military medical roles and settings and provides an excellent initial overview of what we are striving to recreate and represent.

Wounded - A New History of the Western Front in World War I                                                                                                 (Emily Mayhew) ISBN 9780199322459

Those Splendid Girls:  The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War                                  (Katherine Dewar) ISBN 978-0-919013803

Port Dover’s Nursing Sisters of World War 1             Memories of Minnie and Laurel Misner                            Harry B. Barrett ISBN 978-0-9686080-6-7

Agnes Warner and The Nursing sisters of the Great War (Shawna M. Quinn) ISBN 978-0-86492-633-3

Battlefront Nurses in WWI                                                                                    (Maureen Duffus) ISBN 978-0-9733809-1-0

Lights Out!  A Canadian Nursing Sister's Tale                               (Katherine M. Wilson-Simmie) ISBN 0-919303-51-X

Sister Heroines:                                                                                 The Roseate Glow of Wartime Nursing 1914 - 1918                         (Marjorie Barron Norris) ISBN 1-894255-19-4

The Diary of Clair Gass  1915 - 1918

Our Bit (M.B. Clint)

War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps, Volume 1 (Illustrated Edition) by J. George Adami                               ISBN 978-1-4099-8966-0

Letters of a Canadian Stretcher Bearer                                      (By R.A.L. / Edited by Anna Chapin Ray)                             ISBN 9781110814015

Lifeline - A British Casualty Clearing Station on the Western Front, 1918                                                                                               (Iain Gordon) ISBN 9780752489964

Wounded - A New History of the Western Front in World War I                                                                                                 (Emily Mayhew) ISBN 9780199322459

Doctors in the Great War  (Ian R. Whitehead)                   ISBN 9781783461745

A Doctor in the Great War  (Andrew Davidson)               ISBN 9781476777559

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