The Role Of The British Red Cross

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The Red Cross was one the biggest organisations responsible for the medical care during World War 1. The most famous organisations of the Red Cross, during this period, were the ones from Great-Brittan and the United States of America. For some kinds of injury, they had a different way to treat it. For some illnesses, they had different medicines, but not developed as well as the medicines of today.

2.1 Who + their functions
The British Red Cross had over 90.000 volunteers for World War 1. Those people had volunteered all over the place, at home and even overseas. When the World War got started, women were responsible for first aid, home nursing and also hygiene. At the other side, men were responsible for first aid in-the-field and
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The reason why volunteers worked at auxiliary hospitals is because they were too old or too young to be part of a military hospital. In 1917 did the War Office decide there should be given a payment to some local doctors for all their efforts. The patients who had to come to an auxiliary hospital didn’t have life-threatening injuries, most of the time. When the War broke out, the Committee had to find suitable buildings trough more than 5000 offers of accommodation. The offers included town halls, schools, private houses… When they decided the building would suite as an auxiliary hospital, then did they turn them into auxiliary hospitals. In general, there were more over 3000 auxiliary hospitals across the United Kingdom. The British government paid a lot of money for every single patient to cover full hospital …show more content…
Home service, production corps, nursing service, hospital service, hospital and recreation corps and motor service. The home service meant that the Red Cross made sure the families of service and personnel were provided of aid, including communication between troops and family and financial aid. By the end of the war, the Red Cross had assisted 500.000 families. The Production Corps was responsible for the production. The products they produced were garments, surgical dressings and other supplies. About 8 million volunteers produced over 372 million articles during the Great War. The value was nearly $94 million. A very important branch, even before the war, was the nursing service. It enrolled 23.822 nurses during the war. 19.931 of these were assigned to the Army, Navy and the overseas Red Cross. The Hospital Service had well over 2.000 Red Cross nurses and physicians. The Hospital and Recreation Corps began in Washington, D.C. At the Walter Reed Army Hospital. Here, women provided services to veteran patients. During the war, they wore gray dresses. That’s why the soldiers called them the gray ladies. By this name did they get known when the war was over. The Motor service had to provide transport to facilities of the Red Cross, facilities like canteens, military hospitals, camps, etc… Also this service did consist out of women volunteers. By the end of the war, over 12.000 Motor Corps workers had

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