Over the 13-15 September Sergeant Parsons along with colleagues from 22 field Hospital presented at Chateau Querrieu on the Somme front.
Above: The chief of the General staff and the Countess with Sergeant Parsons and the team.
Below: Some of the prominent features in the chain of evacuation.
The Chateau was General Rawlinson headquarters for the Battle of the Somme which lasted from July until November 1916.
Parsons Period Presentations provided a casualty evacuation chain 1916 style. It allowed the famous author Mark Harrison (The Medical War, Oxford University press), the perfect backdrop to articulate the process of the evacuation of casualties from the front in 1916.
The audience of over 120 selected high ranking Officers from the current British Army were treated to the display conducted with the stunning back drop of the Chateau.
Sgt Parsons RAMC, along with colleagues from the 10th Essex and the Royal West Kent Living History Groups worked alongside each other at a reconstructed trench complex. Sgt Parsons conducted rolling presentations to literally thousands of visitors to the reconstructed 1916 trench at the Great Dorset Steam Fair over five days, (24-29 August).
Sergeant Parsons presented “Mud Blood and Thuds” at Woodend in Scarborough on Friday 19 August
The one hour long presentation led the audience through trench routine on the Western Front in 1916, then went on to look at casualty treatment and the cause of the majority of injured; Artillery!
The presentations were all delivered in the beautiful surroundings of Woodend that has a unique and fascinating history. The original site comprises a Grade ll* listed house, built in 1835 for a civil engineer called George Knowles. The house overlooks the English Heritage-registered Valley Gardens below, and onwards to the sea, in Scarborough’s beautiful South Bay.
The presentation saw its finale with the use of two children who volunteered to conduct a casualty evacuation demonstration.
Sergeant Parsons looks forward to visiting Woodend over the Christmas period for further presentations.