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Report of the Purple Cross Service and Associated Documents, 1912 - 1916

Identifier: Coll-1618/1/5/2/4

Scope and Contents

Documents relating to the work of the Purple Cross Service, 1912-1916.The object of the Purple Cross Service was to mitigate the suffering of of horses in war by creating field hospitals and supply veterinary staff and medical supplies to aid in the recovery of wounded horses.

The documents we have relating to this service are;

1. A Report of the Purple Cross Service for wouded and sick army horses, 1916. The report contains details of the objectives of the service, work that has been done, case studies of treatments, information on fundraising activities, and lists of dontators.

2. A notice stating the French Government recognising the Blue Cross and the immediate installation of hospitals for horses on the front.

3. A blank donation form for giving money to "The Blue Cross Fund"

4. Two copies of the circular "Horses in War Time", no.3

5. Two copies of "Horses on the Battlefield, Purple Cross Service", circular no.4

6. Newspaper cutting from The Standard, 16th October 1916, "Horses on the Battlefield, "Purple Cross Service", Cruetly that might be avoided, disclosures by Miss Lind-af-Hageby".


  • Creation: 1912 - 1916

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8 documents

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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