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Object of the month

British Red Cross - Buckinghamshire Voluntary Aid Detachment

Britsih Red Cross VAD This month's object is a recently acquired set of badges and flashes donated to Buckingham Old Gaol from the recently closed Balfour Museum of Red Cross History in Hampshire.

The badges are believed to have belonged to a Mrs P Elmer, and include Buckingham specific badges, a Buckinghamshire Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) pin and various Red Cross badges and flashes.

The Old Gaol would like to find out more about the VAD in Buckingham and if anyone can tell the museum anything about Mrs Elmer. One particular intriguing item is a set of two dog tags attached to a 1945 Indian coin and we wonder if she served the VAD in Buckingham and also travelled overseas during or after World War II as part of her Red Cross service.

Previous objects of the month

  • September 2012 - Buckingham's Manor house
  • July 2012 - Diamond Jubilee
  • January 2012 - Station Road Sign
  • September 2011 - The Mangle
  • June 2011 - Lark Rise to Candleford Props
  • March 2011 - Buckingham Lace Token
  • November 2010 - Jake's Russian Boots
  • September 2010 - Buckingham Old Gaol Building

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