Stretcher bearer

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A stretcher-bearer is a person who carries a stretcher, generally with another person at its other end, especially in a war or emergency times when there is a very serious accident or a disaster. It signifies also volunteers or benevolent people who help carry a stretcher or sometimes a litter or a pram.[1]

In case of military personnel, for example removing wounded or dead from a battlefield, right term is now combat medics. The wounded soldier had to wait until the stretcher-bearers arrived or simply the stretcher-bearers will find them.

Origin and history of arts[edit]

This common noun appears between 1875 and 1880. It is largely used before and during the First World War.

The British English verb to stretcher means "to carry someone on a stretcher". It is always transitive ( + adverb/preposition).

A stretcher-bearer party, sometimes a stretcher party or company, is a group or a band of people temporarily or regularly associated which have to carry injured persons with stretchers. In army stretcher-bearers were kind of specific soldiers who work with military ambulances and medical services. A famous stretcher-bearer and ambulance driver during the First World War was the young Ernest Hemingway.

In the arts, painting, figure or figurine sculpture or photography, it is a common topic as well as the couple of stretcher-bearers or the stretcher-bearer alone.[2]

A reel civil work[edit]

The stretcher bearer is not only a carrier.[3] Stretcher bearers were used in both the Boer and First World Wars

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Litter-bearer was more acute
  2. ^ External links
  3. ^ Martine Da Silva-Vion, Jacques Theureau, "Stretcherbearers Autonomy Coordination with Units", opus cité, page 185-196


Martine Da Silva-Vion, Jacques Theureau, "Stretcherbearers Autonomy Coordination with Units" in Healthcare systems ergonomics and patient safety, human factor, a bridge between care and cure, Riccardo Tartaglia, Sabastiano Bagnara, Tommaso Bellandi, Sara Abolino (editors), Taylor & Francis, London, 2005, 546 pages, § page 185-196.

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