Brief History
Royal Victoria Hospital
Before the Crimean War, doctors were the preserve and responsibility of individual regiments. The shambles of medical care at the Crimea meant that a dedicated Medical Staff Corps was formed. It recruited 'men able to read and write, of regular steady habits and of a kindly disposition. They were supposed to support the regimental and headquarters medical officers.

In 1857 it was entitled the Army Hospital Corps. The officers were formed into a department of their own in 1873. In 1898 the two departments came together as the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Royal Army Medical Corps Badge
Royal Army Medical Corps Badges
Motto
In Arduis Fidelis
(Faithful in Misfortune)
Nicknames
Linseed Lancers
Poultice Wallopers
Suggested Reading
RAMC
by Anthony Cotterell
The Shadowless Lamp: Memoirs of an RAMC Surgeon
by Richard Hunt
A Medico's Luck in the War: Being Reminiscences of RAMC Work with the 51st (Highland) Division
by David Rorie
RAMC Training Pamphlet
by War Office


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