Red Cross Society

Red Cross Society: An organisation embodying under one name and administration a number of hitherto separate societies, formed in 1905. It can call upon 60,000 persons, many of them highly trained, to undertake field ambulance and hospital work. The British Red Cross Society does not exist to undertake itself the whole work of administering to the sick and wounded. It is purely a contributory body. In time of war it would act under the directions of the Admiralty and the War Office, and its activities are limited by the nature of the war and of the climatic conditions under which it is being fought.

The British Red Cross Society is recognised by the War Office and the Admiralty as the organisation responsible for the Red Cross Movement throughout the British Empire, and the terms of the arrangement between the heads of the Services and the Society is included in "Field Service Regulations."[1]

Offices: 9, Victoria Street, London S.W.

References / notes[edit]

  1. Various contributors (1914). The War Book-of-Facts. 2nd Edition. A.W. Shaw Company, London p.144.

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