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Red Cross Garments 1914

Red Cross garments

The women of the land are responding nobly to the appeal made by the British Red Cross Society, and scores of garments have been received, but hundreds more are required. We give below instructions for making a man’s night shirt and nurse’s apron.


Material required: 4 1/2 yards flannel at 1s. 6 1/2 d., or flannelette at 8 1/2d., pearl or linen buttons 3/4 of an inch in diameter…


Material required: 2 1/2 yards white linen, 50 ins. wide, at 1s. 0 1/2 per yard, and a 6-inch square of red Turkey twill.
The pattern is 29 inches from waist, and can be lengthened or shortened at the lower edge…


The society states that a variety of other articles are highly acceptable. Amongst these may be mentioned shirts for day wear, felt slippers, large bandages, gauze for surgical purposes and – particularly – splints. An interesting little book offered is free to those who would like to know how to make Balaclava caps, mittens, socks, slippers etc., for our wounded soldiers and sailors.


The members of the Ryde Women’s Liberal Association are working daily in making garments for the new Army of 100,000 men asked for by Lord Kitchener.

Members of the Ryde Branch of the National British Women’s Temperance Association have been engaged during the past fortnight in the making of garments, sheets, bandages, etc., destined for the use of the local Red Cross Society. Daily working meetings have been held at their Girls’ Club in George Street and a large parcel has been sent in.

WORK FOR BELGIAN REFUGEES- The girls in the Holy Trinity day-schools are making garments for Belgian children during the hours allotted to needlework. It is hoped to have the articles ready by the end of term. £2 10s is sufficient to buy material for 50 garments.

MAYORESS’ NEEDLEWORK WAR GUILD – The Mayoress announces that £117 12s 2d has been received for the above and materials of this value have been purchased and garments made. The whole of the garments, with the exception of those reserved for the wounded, have been distributed, and the Mayoress thanks the committee for making all the necessary arrangements, also those who so generously subscribed to the fund and made the garments.

Source: Isle of Wight Times 27 August 1914, Isle of Wight Observer 29 August 1914, Isle of Wight County Press 10 October 1914 & 31 October 1914