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The origins of British relief in war
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A memorial watercolour commemorates Lieut Col Robert Loyd Lindsay's service during the Franco-Prussian War. Straight-backed, golden-haired and imposing, Loyd Lindsay strides away from a gutted house, his soldierly bearing conferred by long and distinguished service in the British army. Established on the day that war was declared between Prussia and France, the British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War (NAS) claimed allegiance to the newly signed Geneva Convention of 1864. For Sir Thomas Longmore, leading military surgeon of the day and the British government's delegate to the conferences at which the Geneva Convention was negotiated, these deficiencies had stimulated a lifelong interest in improving medico-military efficiency. A red cross emblem was to be worn on an armband by all those caring for the wounded and displayed prominently on all medical vehicles, hospitals and private homes containing injured soldiers.

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Calculating compassion

Humanity and relief in war, Britain 1870–1914

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