On the centenary of World War One we remember an incredible week 100 years ago. When the conflict began on 4 August, British Red Cross volunteers were ready to act. This was the moment they had been training for. They set up hospitals, a brand new HQ – and even started a chaotic library…
The week began with an appeal to the nation from Queen Alexandra, President of the British Red Cross Society:
“A war has been forced upon us greater and more terrible than even the Napoleonic wars which devastated Europe 100 years ago.
“Thousands of our brave sailors and soldiers are standing ready to defend Britain’s shores and uphold her honour. Their sufferings will be great and it is to us that they will look for comfort and relief. That comfort must not be denied them. More