Better care for mothers in arms
The birth of a baby at Camp Bastion is one for the archives (News, September 21).
During the Peninsular War's retreat to Coruna, 1808-9, for example, it was reported by Anthony Hamilton, of the 43rd Foot, that pregnant camp-followers "were taken in labour on the road".
Many of them died on the spot. Two centuries on, it is pleasing to read the baby and his soldier-mother are stable, and of the speedy arrival of specialist medics.
The Army Children Archive