There were two categories of hospital in the chain of evacuation, Stationary Hospitals and General Hospitals. Stationary Hospitals were designed to hold up to 400 casualties and sometimes specialised in certain treatments, for example for gas victims, neurasthenia cases and epidemics. They normally occupied civilian hospitals in large cities and towns, but were equipped for field work if necessary.
General Hospitals were usually located near railway lines to facilitate movement of casualties from the CCS's on to the coastal ports. Former bastions of leisure, such as hotels and casinos were often requisitioned for the purpose, but other hospitals were no more that hastily constructed collections of huts or tents. They could at peak times accommodate up to 1,200 casualties. Some general hospitals were Voluntary Hospitals supplied by voluntary organisations, notably the Red Cross.
We know not what sort of hospital Wilfred would have been transferred to, or indeed if he ever made that far. We do know however, that he would not be a passenger aboard a hospital ship.
Throughout this project, James has asked his two sons to think about what might have happened to their ancestor, following his wounding at Passchendaele. They continue the story:
Jon (age 12)
In the CCS a row of beds are laid out for the injured to lie on while nurses attend to the wounded soldiers, trying to save as many as possible, including Wilfred. Sadly, not everyone survives.
Toby (age 9)
"Can you hear me!" The nurse screamed, but it was too late, every knew that he had died from his wound. The bloody raged sheets had been burned and now it was time to bury his rotten body...