Posted 03 June 2011 - 02:44 pm
I'm completely ignorant of badges etc., but as it says 'presented to me by the Taunton Supply Depot,' it would seem to follow that the women working in British Red Cross Supply Depots were at least one group who received it. There were hundreds of these depots throughout the country, and there seems to have been a particularly strong following in Taunton*. They collected supplies from donors in their areas, had groups of men making splints and appliances, and thousands of women padding splints, making bandages and dressings etc. They then packed their supplies into Red Cross boxes - they were filled with things like nightshirts, blankets, knitted comforts (hats and scarves) and all types of dressings. All this was done under the auspices of the Joint War Committee, but all the workers were volunteers, with no military affiliation.
*Most middle sized towns had two or three of these supply depot work parties, but there were more than twenty-five in Taunton.