Washington University School of Medicine Oral History Project

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Non-commissioned officers' mess, Base Hospital 21, Rouen, France
Soldiers read the postings on the bulletin board outside the Sergeant’s mess, which was located in back of the grandstand of the racetrack where Base Hospital 21 was stationed. Since Base Hospital 21 was maintained in the field as a British hospital, the British messing arrangements were adopted. Five messes were maintained – hospital or patient, officers, nurses, non-commissioned officers, and privates – with each mess maintaining its own kitchens.