The First Unit Arrives in Europe


"Harvard University Surgical Unit of the British 'Red Cross' entertained at Warwick Castle by Mr. & Mrs. Marsh, July 10th 1915"

Purchased for the Boston Medical Library through the Historical Fund, 1951



The initial contingent of the Harvard Surgical Unit, consisting of 32 surgeons, 3 dentists, and 75 nurses, sailed for Europe aboard the Noordam on June 26, 1915.   Surgeons were principally drawn from the Massachusetts General and Boston City hospitals.  The unit was entertained at Warwick Castle on July 10 and then arrived in France on July 16 for a service of six months’ duration.

The Harvard Surgical Unit
The First Unit Arrives in Europe