Latest post: The National Egg Collection for Wounded Soldiers and Sailors 1914-1918 by David Thomas

The National Egg Collection was launched in November 1914 following proposals put forward by Frederick Carl, the editor of Poultry World. The aim initially was to provide 20,000 newly-laid eggs a week to the wounded in hospital in Boulogne. However, very soon the organisation began to aim even higher, endeavouring to collect or purchase 200,000 eggs a week: a target that was reached at Easter 1915. In the following August, partly to celebrate the fact that Queen Alexandra had become the patron of the scheme, the War Office decided to see if the numbercould beincreased to one million eggs a week. 1,030,380 eggs were received during the week 16-23 August, not including those... read more