Aux Dames de la Croix Rouge
medal and plaquette
Dimensions (HxWxD): 2 x 2 3⁄4 in.
Acc. No.: 45.17
Credit Line: Gift of Nina Cullinan
- 1945, Gift of Nina Cullinan
- Museum's website (accessed 6 January 2016)
- Other copy at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, A.88-1920.
- Victoria and Albert Museum's website (accessed 6 January 2016):
This bronze plaquette was made by Henri Allouard in France, 1916. This plaquette commemorates the nurses of the Red Cross. The soldier on this plaquette is probably intended to portray a man blinded by gas. After 1916 mustard gas attacks were more or less constant on the Western Front. Exposure was often fatal, following a slow agonising descent through burns to skin and external organs to respiratory failure. Those who survived were frequently left blind, and with permanent breathing difficulties.