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Academic papers on the history of medicine and medical humanities from the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI). The Centre, founded in 2006, is based in the School of History, University College Dublin. CHOMI seeks to promote the study of the social and cultural history of medicine in Ireland. Its research and other activities are supported by a range of funding bodies including the Wellcome Trust.
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The British Red Cross in 1916
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Dr Rosemary Wall (University of Hull)
Dr David Durnin (UCD Centre for the History Medicine)
The British Red Cross in 1916: Conscription, the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme
UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland Seminar Series, 6 October 2016
World War One: first aid on the battlefield, Somme. Wellcome Images L0009404
This paper looks at the British Red Cross during the First World War and the year of 1916 more specifically. It is drawn from what will be a chapter in Rosemary’s forthcoming book on the history of the British Red Cross. It examines the effect of the Military Service Acts, Conscription, the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme on the British Red Cross.
The British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded was founded during the Franco-Prussian War to provide medical relief to both sides in the conflict. In 1905 this organisation was renamed as the British Red Cross. In the wake of this reorganisation, voluntary aid detachments were established throughout Britain from 1909 onwards.
In some regions, such as Derbyshire, these were primarily male detachments that were formed out of the existing territorial forces. Between 1909 and 1914 some 50,000 women also joined the voluntary aid detachments. While women formed the bulk of the membership it is often overlooked that during the period of the First World War fully one-third of the members of the voluntary aid detachments were in fact men.
Dr Rosemary Wall
Dr Rosemary Wall is Senior Lecturer in Global History at the University of Hull. Rosemar