Packhorse stretcher carrier, Europe, 1914-1918
Packhorse stretcher carriers enabled two wounded soldiers to be transported at any one time during the First World War. The stretcher carrier was secured onto a horse like a saddle. Stretcher bearers lifted the stretcher onto the metal supports. The hinged cage-like apparatus was lowered and stopped the wounded man falling from his stretcher. He was then transported to a field hospital for treatment. These were used with the motorised convoy of ambulances that arrived in France in 1914.
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Glossary: World War One