First Australian Imperial Force dental units

First Australian Imperial Force Dental Units

First Australian Imperial Force dental units

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The First Australian Imperial Force was one of the first military forces to care for soldiers' teeth. 118 Dental Units were raised through World War I.

Dental Units

The dental units were the smallest units in the AIF, consisting of only four men: a dentist with the rank of a lieutenant, two dental mechanics (staff sergeants) and an orderly. Dental units were attached to base camps, hospitals and medical units. The first 36 units were formed in Egypt between January to April 1916 from the dental detachments brought from Australia.

1st Dental Unit:
Formed Egypt 1916. Based at Australian Training Centre, Lark Hill, England. Later attached to the Australian General Base Depot at Etaples, France, then with the Australian Corps School. The unit saw service in Egypt, England and the Western Front.


2nd Dental Unit:
Formed Egypt 1916. Attached to 8th Field Ambulance and saw action in Egypt and on the Western Front.


3rd Dental Unit:
Formed Egypt 1916. Attached to 2nd Field Ambulance and saw action in Egypt and on the Western Front.
;4th Dental Unit:
Formed Egypt 1916.Attached to 6th Field Ambulance and saw action in Egypt and on the Western Front.


5th Dental Unit:
Formed Egypt 1916. Attached to 3rd Field Ambulance and saw action in Egypt and on the Western Front.


6th Dental Unit:
Formed Egypt 1916. Attached to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance and saw action in Egypt and on the Western Front.


7th Dental Unit:
Formed Egypt 1916. Attached to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance and saw......
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