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At Home and Away: Remembering the First World War through records at the Archives of Manitoba

Visit this blog for regular posts about records at the Archives of Manitoba that date from the time of the First World War. Visit the Archives of Manitoba to see the records in person.

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4 May 2015

British Empire Army Certificate of Identity for Civilians Wearing the Red Cross Brassard

The Manitoba branch of the Canadian Red Cross was organized in August 1914 with the primary goal of providing aid to sick and wounded First World War soldiers. The record shown here is a British Empire Army Certificate for Civilians Wearing the Red Cross Brassard. The certificate was issued to Mary I. Burns in London on 14 May 1915. Little else is known about this record, specifically how it came to be a part of the Manitoba Division records. Perhaps Mary Burns was from Manitoba, perhaps she later immigrated to Manitoba or perhaps her descendants did? If anyone can provide further information, please email us.

The Archives of Manitoba holds the extensive records of the Manitoba Division of the Canadian Red Cross. The record featured below is one of the earliest in the collection. There are approximately 25 metres of textual records, about 3500 photographs and a few films and audio recordings. The records document the organization from its beginnings in 1914 to the first years of the twenty-first century through decades of nursing, wartime enquiries, disaster relief, blood donation and transfusion and water safety.

Photo of document front. "Army Form W. 3051. British Empire. Army Certificate of Identity for Civilians Wearing the Red Cross Brassard."

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Photo of document back. Contains Mary Burns' physical description and photo.

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Archives of Manitoba, Canadian Red Cross – Manitoba Division fonds, World War I – “British Army Certificate of Identity for Civilians Wearing the Red Cross Brassard," Q 22164 file 15.

Search Tip: Search “Red Cross Brassard” or “Canadian Red Cross – Manitoba Division” in Keystone for more information.

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