From: David Barrow
Sent: 08 December2005 11:37
Subject: 55 FST
Hello Bill - Just back from a business trip in Italy and …. I
decided that I would pay my first visit to the 55 F5T web site.
I will sift through my old photo albums to see
if I still have any photos. I wish I had kept my records
relating to blood transfusion. I recall that the previous FST
had cross matched less than 10 units of blood - I seem to
remember they were all for non-battle casualties. This compared
with around 120 units during our time there - all of which were
for battle casualties!
I also remember that you enlisted me as your
assistant during the treatment of the Mirbat wounded. One
patient turned out to be the quartermaster of the Adoo. He was
not the most seriously wounded so you told me to keep an eye on
him - along with the other 3 casualties waiting treatment from
In answer to my question: ‘What do I do if he
appears to be in pain?’ you said "Give him a shot of this
and just keep a record of how much and when". By the time it was
his turn to go into theatre, you looked at my records and
suggested that he would not need any help from you! Well he did
moan a lot so I did as instructed!
Some days later I was given the job of driving
him in the landrover ambulance to the local forces camp. Joe
insisted that I take a weapon so I drew a Browning out of the
armoury. On my return, the RAF policeman on gate duty
said that I should report to Andy the armourer ASAP. Which I
did. On seeing me Andy asked about the pistol. Picking it up I
said ‘here it is’. ‘Great he said, here is the magazine with the
ammo!’ Ah well, I was a lab tech!
Anyway, to the team photo. The 4th person in the
back row is Roger Lynn and the chap at the far left front row is
the RAMC clerk - Tony Powell. don't know who the other chap is.
I recognise him but can’t remember his name.
All the best