The Great War letters of Humphrey Francis Humphreys : an edition
The Royal Army Medical Corps made a significant contribution to victory in the Great
War. Humphrey Humphreys' letters provide a rare account of life in one of its most
effective units, a field ambulance. He served throughout the war and was in the Middle
East from April 1915 until March 1919. During this time he served in 2nd South Midland
Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance and its successors, rising to command the unit during
the advance on Damascus. He also served as Deputy Assistant Director of Medical
Services with 53rd Division and the Yeomanry Mounted Division during the 3rd Battle of
Gaza and the Jerusalem campaign.
The letters are annotated and provided with a commentary. This gives Humphreys'
background prior to joining the army and an account of his post war activities. It sets out
the military and medical contexts of his service, and the principal military operations in
which he took part. Contributions made to the war effort by Birmingham's upper middle
class, by students and past students of Birmingham University and by old boys of
Bromsgrove School are assessed: Humphreys was a member of each of these three sets.
Comparisons are made with other universities and schools.