"We do not waste any more time, but report the affair at the next stretcher-bearers' post"

British stretcher bearers carrying wounded in deep mud
Public DomainBritish stretcher bearers carrying wounded in deep mud
While troops were advancing, they could not stop to take care of wounded soldiers. These would be picked up by stretcher bearers, but with only 4 bearers per company it would somtimes be days before a wounded soldier was picked up and brought back to the trenches for treatment.