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Falklands War - "Red Cross Box"

This was news to me too so I looked up SS Uganda on Wiki:

...Working closely with Uganda were the converted survey ships HMS Hecla, HMS Hydra and HMS Herald.

Uganda sailed to and fro between "Red Cross Box 2" – at position 50°50′S 58°40′W and Middle Bay, taking on casualties, both British and Argentine, transferring those who were well enough to the converted survey ships for passage to Montevideo. On the 28th of May the land battles started and Uganda anchored in Grantham Sound, 11 miles North West of Goose Green, where casualties from both sides arrived by helicopter and were treated. By the 31st May she had 132 casualties on board.

Uganda co-ordinated the movements of the four British and three Argentine hospital ships Bahia Paraiso, Almirante Irizar and Puerto Deseado and treated 730 casualties, 150 of them Argentine making four rendezvous with the Argentine ships...
That so many casualties survived is testament to Rick Jolly's 'Red and Green Life Machine', of course. Not a single British or Argentinean casualty who reached his field hospital alive succumbed from their injuries which is why he was unique in being decorated by both sides involved in the conflict.
 

trelawney126

War Hero
This was news to me too so I looked up SS Uganda on Wiki:

That so many casualties survived is testament to Rick Jolly's 'Red and Green Life Machine', of course. Not a single British or Argentinean casualty who reached his field hospital alive succumbed from their injuries which is why he was unique in being decorated by both sides involved in the conflict.
A good testament not only to Rick Jolly but also for the Divers who acted as stretcher bearers and nurses, good naval training
 

dapperdunn

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I've heard of it. I was on the Uganda (NP1830) during the war and in my journal I have a few entries about going into and out of the red cross box
 

WreckerL

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I've heard of it. I was on the Uganda (NP1830) during the war and in my journal I have a few entries about going into and out of the red cross box

You must know an oppo of mine, he was a bootie bandsman on Uganda. After his experiences on there he transferred to the medical world, leaving the mob as a POMA.
 

trelawney126

War Hero
Were you one of Bernie's 'boys'?

Only on the Gaviscon (attatched) Did know quite a few of the Devonport based CD's as well as a few of the Pompey ones Artie Shawcross, Johnie Friar etc. The character who always stands out in my mind is Charlie Chapman....believe that he must have been Rumrats white twin.
 
Only on the Gaviscon (attatched) Did know quite a few of the Devonport based CD's as well as a few of the Pompey ones Artie Shawcross, Johnie Friar etc. The character who always stands out in my mind is Charlie Chapman....believe that he must have been Rumrats white twin.

See front row far right:

PCDT Redwingers 1980 med.jpg

Have you read 'The Forgotten Few of the Falklands' available here?

 
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