Following my blog post in February this year about eggs being collected for the WW1 wounded https://charnwoodgenealogy.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/eggs-for-our-wounded several people commented to me about the logistics that must have been involved to make the sure the eggs arrived in France still fresh and unbroken.
Further to this I have recently found the following article in the Framlingham Weekly News from Saturday 20th May 1916 captioned ‘Eggs’ Unexpected Fall’, which shows the transport of eggs around Framlingham was not always an easy one, let alone a journey to France or Belgium!
Framlingham Weekly News Saturday 20th May 1916
The danger of using a 2-wheeled vehicle for the collection and conveyance of eggs on a large scale has once again been brought to notice by a scene in College Road on Tuesday, when hundreds of eggs were dislodged from the Co-operative Society’s cart in charge of John Scoggins and scattered about the road owing to the horse making a false step and falling. The accident – a somewhat costly one it is feared – was witnessed by several persons, and the curiosity of many others on hearing of it also took them to the spot.
The Framlingham & District Co-operative Society Limited had their main depot in Station Road from 1904 and was claimed to be the most successful egg collection society in England, handling nearly 5 million eggs each year by 1912.
Photo & Information curtesy of John Bridges and the Framlingham Historical Archive website: www.framlinghamarchive.org.uk