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Object ID # 1963.042.007
Object Name Bag
Title Red Cross Bag (Dressing Case)
Lexicon category 7: Distribution & Transportation Artifact
Year Range from 1914
Year Range to 1918
Artist Canadian Red Cross Society, Victoria, B.C.
Made Canadian Red Cross Society
Place of Origin Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Description Red Cross khaki bag, W.W.#1. The bag is rectangular, with a drawstring closure. The front has an appliqued red fabric cross. The rest of the bag is plain tan-coloured khaki fabric. It is machine-stitched with red thread. On the top left corner of the bag's front is a little textile label reading "Canadian Red Cross Society, Victoria B.C." along with a tiny red cross symbol.
Provenance Made in Victoria, B. C., but at some point, probably during the First World War, was issued to John Wesley Ritchie of Berkeley, Grey County, who served overseas during the First World War, originally with the 147th Grey (Overseas) Battalion (created in 1915), which was disbanded and drafted into other units that needed reinforcements after they reached England.

Subsequently owned by his wife, May Ritchie.
Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Fabric/Thread/Dye
Dimensions W-24.5 L-31.5 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Ritchie, John Wesley
Subjects The Red Cross
World War I (First World War/The Great War)
Medical aspects of war
Medical equipment & supplies
Search Terms Canadian Red Cross Society