Image ID: 24660
Courtesy of Nottinghamshire Archives
This photograph was taken at a temporary Red Cross Hospital in Hucknall , probably around the time of the First World War (the room has been decorated with flags and bunting, possibly suggesting that they are celebrating the end of the war ?). The Red Cross organisation was founded in 1863 by Henry Dunant, a Swiss businessman. He also proposedd the Geneva Convention, an agreement that all countries would recognise the status of medical services and of the wounded on the battlefield. The British Red Cross was founded in 1870 to care for the wounded soldiers during the Franco Prussian War. On the outbreak of the First World War, the British Red Cross joined forces with the Order of St John, and formed Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD's). Throughout the war, the VADs worked in hospitals, convalescent homes, rest stations, packing centres, medical supply depots and work parties.
Organisation Reference: NCCC000760