Whilst carrying out research for my World War 1 Framlingham and Aldeburgh books, I read many different books and articles on the subject and have always been fascinated by the logistics that would have been involved in transporting the men, supplying them with uniforms and equipment, delivering them post and feeding them on a daily basis.
I was therefore interested to find an article in the Framlingham Weekly News from 29th January 1916 asking for Framingham’s help as follows:
Framlingham Weekly News – Saturday 29th January 1916
EGGS FOR OUR WOUNDED
An urgent appeal has reached us from British Base Hospitals in France, where a large number of our most seriously wounded men are lying too ill to be sent back to this country, for new-laid eggs for our brave men after their terrible operations in hospital. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND are required every week in order that these gallant men may be given a chance of recovery from the wounds, which they have so nobly borne on our behalf.
The National Egg Collection for our wounded Soldiers and Sailors, with Her Majesty Queen Alexandra as its Patron, with the commendation of the Army Council and with approval and grateful appreciation of the War Office, is doing its utmost to supply this number of eggs every week.
The people of Framlingham and District have contributed largely to the National Egg Collection in the past, and they are asked to re-double their efforts, in order that the number of eggs supplied to the Base Hospitals may be kept up steadily all the year round.
Those who cannot supply eggs are asked to send cash donations with which eggs may be purchased to the nearest official Controller, Mrs Brunger, College Road. The address of the local Depot is Messrs Carley & Co, Market Hill.
I wonder what the Framlingham response was to this request and how many hundreds of eggs were collected in the town and transported to the Base Hospitals in France during the war?