Surgeon's case

Historical note: 

This surgeon's case, in the style of British campaign furniture of the 19th and early 20th centuries, was used in British and Commonwealth Field Ambulance and Casualty Clearing Stations.

The letter 'I' on the lid indicates that this set was considered suitable for service in British Imperial India.

The trays and instruments are made of stainless steel to allow them to be sterilised in a portable autoclave. Compact and robust, it contains a wide variety of instruments that would equip a surgeon to treat a range of life-threatening battlefield injuries. Made by JH Montague of 69, New Bond Street, London.

Materials: 
wood, stainless steel
Category: 
Equipment
Themes: 
Medicine
Conflict: 
First World War
Location: 
London
Story: 
Field Ambulance
Production Date: 
early 20th century

On this day

On this day
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor