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90,000 volunteers worked at home and abroad between 1914 and 1918. They performed all kinds of roles from nurses to air raid wardens.
Our work during the war included running auxiliary hospitals and convalescent homes. These temporary facilities for wounded servicemen proved to be vital.
British prisoners of war (POWs) were in dire need of food and clothing during the First World War. They were also desperate for entertainment.
There are often First World War exhibitions and events where you can see a piece of Red Cross history - paintings, photos, uniforms and volunteers' trinkets.
Help solve the mystery of the unidentified volunteers. Browse our photographs and let us know if you spot someone you recognise.
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The British Red Cross Society, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949), Scotland (SC037738) and Isle of Man (0752).
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