A Blighty bag is the “name given at the Front to the small stuff-bags made in England in immense quantities and sent out to the soldiers at the Front. A wounded soldier, on reception at a Casualty Clearing Station, parted company with his kit, with the result that no receptacle was left him for his personal belongings. On this being made known in England, numbers of ladies made and sent out stuff-bags for the purpose, which were issued at the Casualty Clearing Stations. They got the name of 'Blighty Bags' as having come from 'Blighty.'” 
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.25.
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